I just spoke with our granddaughter Morgan yesterday, and heard about her pastor’s sermon last week in Phoenix. She said it was a good warning to the Church to keep our eyes on Jesus, letting Him be the main thing.
Satan, the Splitter, wants us to focus on the things that divide. A divided Church is a weakened Church and a weakened witness to the world. In Proverbs 6:19 we read that the LORD hates some things, including a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. “How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity, it is like precious oil poured on the head…(and) brings healing.” (Psalms 33:1,2) It is in grace and with humility that we meet at the mercy seat. There we find that He is enough. In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Yet, we need to face the issues of today in the spirit of Elijah, recognizing the idolatry all around us, ready to truthfully converse with those who deny our Lord, and remind them that the choice is theirs.” How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is a god, follow him.” (1Kings 18:21)
We must pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit, that we might “be wise in the way (we) act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let (our) conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that (we) may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6) Jesus prayed for us, that we would be one, “brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me”. (John 17:20-23)