Today was an unexpected surprise. Today is the first Wednesday of the month, and just so happens to be the day that the Prattville Christian Minister’s Association meets. The problem is, I’m pretty busy today. In fact, I’m busy all week, and next week, and the next. So to be honest, I was struggling to get excited to meet today. However, since I was hosting, I thought I should attend the meeting also.
As is tradition, the host also shares a devotional thought, which I did. I just shared a short thought about advent, and then I asked everyone to go around and share something we were stressed about this holiday season, someone we were praying for, etc. I started and one of the ministers asked someone to pray for me. And around and around we went, sharing and praying. At the conclusion of this hour, it dawned on me what a beautiful blessing this time is for me.
I believe one of the things that greatly grieves the heart of God is the brokenness of his church. Churches have been fracturing and splitting over the silliest of things the past 1,000 years or so. Granted, we don’t all have to meet together on Sunday (I get it!), but can’t we work together and fellowship together? And so this gathering is a picture of the unity that can be accomplished when we all proclaim Jesus is Lord.
I know at that table there are ministers I agree with and disagree with on various issues. If we went around the table, you would hear a plethora of views on predestination and election, end times, the gifting of the Holy Spirit, politics and the church, and much more. Yet we can all come together and claim unity because Jesus is Lord, and we all belong to him and his kingdom. We may not sort all of that other stuff out to the point of uniformity, but we can all agree on Christ to the point of unity. This is one of the reasons I stay committed to the Church of Christ. Though we haven’t embodied it throughout our history, our goal was to seek a way to find unity among the Body of Christ.
So, nothing greatly profound here, but a little hope that the church may not be as divided as it always appears. Though we are a part of different churches with some varying beliefs, we all come shoulder to shoulder together to do the kingdom work of washing feet, welcoming sinners, and loving God and our neighbors. And that’s a little bit of good news on a busy Wednesday.
“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.”