Friday January 15, 2021
Text: Psalms 133:1-3
Theme: Brothers United
When brothers are united, there is no limit to what they can achieve. The apostles, like brothers, lived a united, communal life after Jesus’ Ascension and as a result, could achieve great feats. Acts 4:32, 34 tell us about the united life of these brothers, to the extent of having everything in common including their finances, thus provision could be made for everyone regardless of status or nativity.
Today, we read this precious pilgrim song penned down by David long ago. He says in verse 1,
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”.
I still remember vividly, how joyously we sing this song as children in those good old days as we go up for a combined service of the children fellowship. Indeed, it usually was good and pleasant to see so many happy faces gather together in unity from their various destinations just to worship God. David describes it as the oil of anointing and as the dew of Hermon.
‘United we stand but divided we fall’. Jesus echoes this in his prayer in John 17:21.
I pray that they may all be one as we are one“.
If it was Jesus’ earnest desire that we be one, I wonder why all the divisions in Christendom? Why the multiplicity of church instead of proliferation of Christ? Right in a given denomination, there is so much fragmentation and polarization. Ethnicity, tribalism and politics are thriving in churches today. The great commission assigned to us will make no headway unless children of God rise up and decide to go back to the basics.
We must start from the roots. Be a peace maker in your own local church. Promote unity by the way you live and relate with others. (For further references see: 1 Pt 3:8, Romans 15:6, Eph 4:3, Phil 2:2, 2 Cor 13:11, Col 3:14 and Heb 13:1). May we all find joy in dwelling together in fellowship of the spirit, as becomes saints, through Christ our living saviour, Amen.it