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August 21, 2018, 11:45 AM

August 22, 2018

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20

There was once a common thread that permeated throughout our country. It was the sense of being a part of the greatest country of all time. We have certainly had our struggles as a nation, but somehow, we knew we could rally together when we faced a common enemy. The common thread of unity seems to be waning at a rapid pace. We seem to be more focused on what we are able to do individually rather than collectively. Any football team or business understands that much more is accomplished when team members work together. What has made this such a great nation? First, it has been our history of dependence on Almighty God. There was a time when we depended heavily upon God and trusted Him to solve our issues. However, today we see less and less dependence on God and more dependence upon ourselves. This has been a glaring reason for the moral decline and the negativity we face today. Second, this nation has been great because there was an attitude of working together toward a common goal with a commitment to excellence that would ensure success.

We need a movement of God in our country. We hear of pockets of revival throughout our land. What would happen if we were all on the same team? It seems we are constantly competing among ourselves. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we, as God’s people, would catch the vision of the common goal and strive to reach it? We can’t possibly accomplish all Kingdom work alone. We need each other and a clear vision to see people come to Jesus regardless of who gets the credit or the church members. One huge problem is the focus on ourselves. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of “what’s in it for me” or similar, what will make our church look better than all the rest? Our prayer is that we become much more excited about discipleship than membership. Jesus plainly said that He came to serve not to be served. He has given us the commission to continue the work He started. If that’s the desire of Jesus, then it should be our desire too!

We have been so blessed as Christians in America. Oftentimes we take that blessing for granted as we lose sight of our real purpose. It seems we are searching more for ways to grow apart rather than ways to become unified. The real answer is to foster a sense of unity among our people. Where do we find the thread that pulls us all together? It is only found in Jesus! What things can we do to help bring about unity? For us, as Christians, we are to be Christ’s ambassadors in our society. That means we are showing God’s love and sharing real purpose with those we contact each day. We should be showing people the true, life principles needed to draw them closer to God and help them understand the purpose for living. There is a strong message for the Church. We must display unity among ourselves if we are to help instill unity among others. Let us, as God’s people, seek to please God while helping others rather than living a life to please ourselves! May God use us continually as we seek to be and build disciples!

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