Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, November 17th, 2012
The Church (Part 8: A Call To Unity)
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
John 17:20-23 (NKJV)
Within God's church, diversity is good. Division is bad.

'I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all' (Ephesians 4:1-6).

How much clearer can Jesus make it? He wants us united in one body that abides in Him. 'That you stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel' (Philippians 1:27).

Whether we are Amish, Protestant, Catholic, Messianic Jews, or any faith that believes upon Jesus Christ as Messiah, Lord, and Savior, let us unite.

We have an enemy to fight, and it's not each other. Let us unite. We have a job to do, and we face opposition. Let us unite. Nothing else matters.

The truth cannot be divided. The Word cannot be altered. Love never fails. Let us unite.

'There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit' (Romans 8:1). Let us unite.

'Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son' (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Church series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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