The Blessedness of Unity
“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 dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.” ~Psalm 133
What a true blessing unity is! When we can be unified in things, progress is made. It is when there is division that progress is halted. Unity is something that Christ emphasized a lot. And in Acts 2 we see how important unity is. On the day of Pentecost the disciples were gathered TOGETHER, then the Holy Spirit came and filled ALL of them. Peter speaks to the crowd and quotes from Joel saying, “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh..” (Acts 2:17) Then in we see further in Acts 2 that the believers lived TOGETHER and had “ALL things in common,” and spent time in the temple TOGETHER. They gave to ALL who had need. And then in the very last verse of Acts 2 we read, “And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (vs. 47)
How wonderful is that? The Lord blessed them because of their faithfulness to Him and because of their unity with one another. Imagine how different things would have been had the disciples been quarreling and divided against each other. What if they looked at their possessions as their own & refused to care for and help one another? Imagine if they were only concerned for their own welfare? Oh how devastating & discouraging it would have been. Acts 2 gives us the idea of just how important unity is.
We are called to be a blessing to other people, and by walking in unity with one another we do just that. When we see to the needs of others, pray for one another, encourage one another, listen to one another, reach out to one another, and love one another then we are unified with one another. When we hold on to our possessions as if we can’t bear to see them in anyone else’s possession, or when we look out for ourselves and never see to help someone else out, we distance ourselves not only from other people but from Jesus. Jesus was all about investing in other people’s lives, and by doing so He was walking in unity. He was one with the Father (God), and so what the Father desired He desired too, which meant that He sought to reach out to other people, share what He had with other people, help other people, encourage other people, listen to other people, and love other people.
I encourage each of you (and myself) to see to walk in unity with one another. Let us care for, listen to, reach out, encourage, and love one another. We won’t be disappointed that we did so. And by walking in unity with one another, we can change the world!