Keeping Our Unity
SERMON #FOURTEEN AUGUST 2018
Readings: Ephesians 4: 1 – 16 and John 6: 24 – 35.
Keeping our unity
“O Holy God, thank you for having gifted us with unity – for being one in the Spirit. We do acknowledge that although we as people are in many ways very different from one another we all belong to this one faith we have in Jesus. May we always honour what you have done for us by caring for what which you have gifted us with. Amen”
Sometimes in life itself we feel the need to be worthy of what have been given to us. We may also feel the need to be worthy of what God has given us. To be worthy is to look after or take care of or nurture what have been given to us. God has given us an essential unity – a fellowship or ‘togetherness’ that cannot be broken even by all our differences – something bigger than ourselves we all share in because we all share in one baptism, one faith and one life in the Spirit however we may give expression to these. Sometimes, however, our differences may get the better of us and threaten our unity or fellowship.
To be worthy of God’s call on our lives to follow Jesus we also have to look after or take care of our unity. And we also have to do so taking into consideration our giftedness. We have all been gifted in one way or the other: Something to do for God through the life of the local church. We have to exercise our giftedness in a certain way to make sure we look after our unity – so that as a community we may grow into the full stature of Christ for the benefit of all who belong and the world around us.
To look after our giftedness to keep our unity or fellowship strong so that our fellowship may be life-giving or like bread for us we have to deal with our giftedness in the following ways:
We must exercise our giftedness within an attitude of patients and humility. We must exercise our giftedness when the community need it and we must exercise our giftedness in a way that will help people to connect with and grow in Jesus.
This is to be worthy of God’s call upon our lives to follow Jesus: To care for the fellowship or unity God has gifted us with in dealing with our gifs in ways that will help the community to be bread for us – feeding us so that we may grow spiritually and in other ways. If the unity is OK it is life-giving to all who belong and the world around it.
“Dear God, so often we have elevated our differences rather than our fellowship or unity. Please forgive us and help us to exercise our gifts in ways that will advance the common good. Amen”