Wednesday, October 22
Psalm 133 How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
People living together in unity has long been both a goal and a reality of the Christian community.
- Vermon McGee once wrote, “There is a brotherhood within the body of believers, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the common denominator. Friendship and fellowship are the legal tender among believers.”
The Psalmist calls us to live together in unity. People often mistake uniformity for unity. The call to unity DOES NOT mean the call to be all alike. The call to Christian community is a call to be together (unity) not in spite of but in celebration of differences. We need one another and one another’s various gifts to be Christ’s body. Living together, worshipping together, meeting together, serving together in unity…amidst differences…that is what makes content God’s heart, and ours.
Question of reflection:
Think of an experience when you experienced unity amidst difference? What did you learn about God’s heart for breadth of expression in creation? How did you learn more about God or yourself by being “united” with others in fellowship?