Jesus came preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Incorporated in this is the gospel of salvation. The gospel of the Kingdom carries with it truths that release the love, life and power of the Kingdom of God. One of those truths is that blessing is released where there is unity; power is released where there is agreement.
Over time I have seen that unity is expressed in a variety of forms. For the purpose of the following thoughts I want to propose that there is unity of purpose and unity of heart. Unity of purpose is often built around the accomplishment of task and/or vision. Unity of heart is often found through a commitment to relationships because of who we are not what we do. While unity of purpose is good, unity of heart is better because God is always more interested in the condition of our heart.
Unity of purpose saw the children of Israel exit the land of Egypt. If they had also had unity of heart with God’ s purposes they would not have wanted to go back to Egypt when the going got tough. Equally they listened to the spies who reported against the will of God. It was unity of heart that ultimately got them into the promised land. The time in the wilderness was not wasted. They came to a place of agreement during this time of transition so that what God had promised could be possessed.
It appears to me that many congregations have been pursuing unity of purpose which has been brilliant. However, I’m observing a time of transition, maybe even a wilderness in terms of results, that could well be for the purpose of highlighting the need to pursue unity of heart. A unity of heart with the Lord that is built on intimacy, knowing our true identity and influencing our culture by bringing heaven to earth. A unit of heart with others that is built on mutual honour and respect across our roles, gifts and place in the congregation. A unity of heart where love continues to motivate our behaviour, attitudes and thought life when there is tension, conflict and disagreement.
What do you think?
Until next time may you be blessed with God’s favour and life.