Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
UNITY OF THE CHURCH FOR THE WITNESS OF LIFE
1 Corinthians 10:5-17
v17 Because there is one bread,we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Unity of the church is a very important issue in the New Testament, but it is also one of the most challenging to apply in a biblical manner. Many would like to sing“they will know we are Christians by our love”, a very misapplied statement where people struggle themselves to agree with the other on several issues, including doctrinal ones. People often like to agree with like-minded, intelligible ones, even though one may sing "we are one in the spirit”.
Koinonia is a word we hear among church groups, meaning fellowship or sharing. Apostle Paul used this word to speak of the fellowship among early Christians in the church. It reminds people that, though we are many, we are all partakers of one body and blood of Christ Jesus. It means also that we must be in fellowship with the Lord before partaking in Eucharist. If you are in fellowship with the Lord, you will also be able to be in union with the fellow believer too. Therefore, all Christians share the common salvation at the Lord's table.
Division among believers on petty issues is not a Christian attitude. Christian unity is very important because Christ prayed for it and it is a major factor in our witness to the world. In Paul's day the division between Jews and gentile was huge. If today's church can display unity to the world, the unity between sects of the people that Christ secured by shedding his precious blood on the cross, it would be a powerful witness. Otherwise the world will refuse to accept a religion with followers fighting each other for power, prestige, ego and practicing false Christianity . Let us introspect themselves as to where we are heading to in our journey. The Lord's coming is near. How do we present ourselves to our master?
O Lord our master, we admit that we often fall short of practicing the true Christianity which you secured on the cross. Give us the spirit of love, unity, peace among our brethren and may lead a life pleasing to God and be witnesses to the world through our life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Our unity will be our powerful witness before the world which is being fragmented into bits.
Dr. John K.Thomas Tabor MTC Staten Island NY
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church