Thursday, April 10, 2014

1 Corinthians 1:10

1 Corinthians 1:10 - I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

As Paul begins his first letter to the saints in Corinth he confronts them about division. Now Paul hadn't visited Corinth in a while, but news of these division had traveled to him. There were some saying “I follow Paul,” and others, “I follow Apollos.” They were dividing themselves based on who they had received the message of Christ from. Needless to say this got Paul a little fired up. I can’t imagine what Paul would say if he saw the body of Christ today.
We have divided ourselves in so many ways. There are more denominations than I can even count. It wasn't always like this, but as time has progressed we keep adding more divisions, mostly based on trivial opinions. Now, in the city where I live there’s a church on practically every corner. There are Pentecostals, Baptists, Christians, Episcopalians, Assemblies of God, Lutheran and the list goes on. We've even gone as far as creating a denomination called “Non-denominational.”
Imagine if all denominations and believers worked together for the kingdom of God. There would be so much power behind that unity. As it is we barely even socialize among ourselves. This church over here is having an event, but we can’t go to it because that is not our “body”. It makes me sad.
As Paul asked those in Corinth I ask you now, “Is Christ divided?” Of course not! So why do we divide His body. We are the body of Christ and His desire is that we be perfectly united in mind and thought. It is time to stop letting all the little things get in our way and unite in Christ Jesus.

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