By Chris Blevins
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
As we read this Psalms it is obvious that unity is the order of the day. There is much that has been written regarding this chapter of Psalms. Today we are going to take a simple look at this chapter of the Bible that has much to say to us today. If we have ever needed unity in the Body of Christ it is certainly now.
The first point to be discussed is “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Living in unity is not the absence of fussing and arguing among Christians. We are sometimes proud if we have nothing bad to speak regarding someone. That is wonderful. But understand lack of friction between you and I, this church that church and all other people does not indicate unity. Imagine a community where no neighbor knew each other nor anything about them. Now he may not say anything bad regarding any of his neighbors. That equals lack of unity. Everybody is running around, ignoring each other, and nothing ever gets done save for each person’s own castle.
No let us take a new look at that same community and change the dynamics. Now this same community is still living without fussing and arguing but they take this example one step further: they began to work or dwell in unity. They help each other do the work that needs to be done to their houses, no one does without, everyone has child care and they form a community watch group to help keep the children safe. They become a blessed neighborhood because God said “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity”. Their property value goes up and they covered by blessings.
What do we want from churches today? Are churches like the community first described above, living around other churches with lack of friction which DOES NOT EQUAL UNITY! Every church focusing all of its resources inward and never knowing the pure joy and blessing of being part of community ministry is not unified with the entire body of Christ. Yes the greatest blessings we can receive are the ones that come when denominational lines are crossed and people learn to not only tolerate each other but to love each other.
Want to see a blessing in our area? Want to see coal booming again? Want to see drug addicts delivered? Let’s quit building our own castles, tooting our own horns and lets work together to build the Kingdom of God and watch our community come to life again!