Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 | Author:

Welcome to the Word for Wednesday meme. I hope you’ll decide to particpate.

Just pick a scripture passage that means something to you right now, copy it into a post with as much or as little commentary as you choose, and put a link to that post in Mr. Linky below. It’s that easy, and you may never know whose heart God touched because you took the time to share His Word.

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Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

I have never met the regular participants of the Word for Wednesday meme. I know little about their personal lives, and have never even spoken to them. Yet, some weeks our posts have meshed just like we planned it that way, even though we didn’t.

Conversely, there are times I struggle mightily to understand what fellow Christians could possibly be thinking, even though I’ve known some of them my whole life.

As I pondered this puzzle, I came across a passage by A. W. Tozer from The Pursuit of God, Chapter 7, titled The Gaze of the Soul. As are most pieces by Tozer, it’s an excellent article that equates the Old Testament “looking” on God with the New Testament “believing” on Christ. If you have a spare minute, I’d encourage you to read it.

The concept that jumped out at me, though, is the following:

Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.

Quite simply, then, when we are “tuned in” to Christ, our thoughts and actions will reflect Christ, and we will preserve the unity of the Spirit. We can then rejoice in our common understanding.

When we are following a different spirit or our own private agenda, though, no amount of conscious effort at unity can create something that doesn’t exist. Where we have discord, we must “tune in” to discover the root of the problem. Masking it over with artificial good cheer serves no one.

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4 Responses
  1. Queen of Pith says:

    Glossing over differences helps no one. When it comes to a boiling point, that is when churches split – which may be a good thing, but to those looking from the outside, it is another reason not to come to church.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I meditated on this particular scripture all last week, after it has been taught in our service. :)

  3. Jim Wetzel says:

    Here’s what I meant to type:

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    It’s true — unity comes from depth and intensity of commitment to the Master, not from seeking after unity. Unity should be seen as a serendipitous gift, not a goal.

    Excellent post!

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    Sure wish “Blogger” provided an after-post edit capability for these comments. It would save exercises like this one for careless typists like myself.

  4. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks for your comments, all. I’m late getting back to this (and to your posts) but here we go.

    Lisa: I think people looking for an excuse will find one, even if it’s the color of the carpet. You would think, though, that people who are seriously trying to follow the Lord would … well, try to follow Him, instead of hiding behind a false standard of unity.

    Rebecca: I definitely have to meet your pastor. This has happened more than once. :)

    Jim: What really boggles my mind is when Christians use unity as an excuse to do things that are less than Christian. Where is the logic???