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Together in Unity
February 29, 2020, 2:58 AM

For the past several weeks I have been preaching at First Street Community Church in Lincoln while Pastor Mike Sanchez has been recovering from back surgery.  Do you know what has been the greatest delight for me in this?  Yes, I love to preach God’s word, and I am happy to fill in for a pastor who for whatever reason needs this.  But for me what has been the greatest joy has been to see up close the love this church and their pastor all have for one another.  Pastor Mike was able to return to lead in communion last Sunday, and it was such a joyous reunion!  Seeing this reminded me of Psalm 133, which begins with the words, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  The psalmist then goes on to picture this harmony as oil—used to anoint the high priest, precious and fragrant, and as dew—refreshing and life giving.  The psalm then ends with these words, “For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”  In the Hebrew, the word there is emphatic—this is God’s special blessing on those who have this love for one another.  So often we wonder what we could do to improve our church, and consider different ministries, strategies, and techniques.  These have their place, of course, but what could be better than God’s special blessing upon our church?  What a precious fragrance is loving harmony, how refreshing and life-giving!  So how can we grow in that good and pleasant unity?

Many years ago I heard this insight on harmony that I have never forgotten.  If you had a hundred pianos in a room, it would be an impossible task to get them in tune with one another.  But there is actually a very simple way to unify all of them.  All you have to do would be to tune every piano all to the same tuning fork.  Because once they are all tuned to the same fork, the pianos would automatically be tuned to each other.  Likewise, unity with one another is a matter of being “in tune” with Christ Jesus, so that the fruit of His Spirit—humility, gentleness, patience, and love—will be cultivated in our lives, which results in unity with one another.  Next time you experience conflict, let this be your first thought—pray that you would be in tune with Christ, and let Him use you as His instrument for unity and love.

Looking forward, 

Pastor Ron Prosise
Director of Ministry, SRBN

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