I’ve been learning a lot about unity in the last year. I’ve always known it’s right. And I’ve witnessed first hand how God blesses unity. But why does God need unity? If we’re all created different, unique, individual why do we all have to agree, work together and have one purpose? Isn’t that contradictory to how God made us?
That is completely selfish thinking. It’s all about me! Why don’t I get to do what I want to do. Why do I have to do something I don’t agree with or serve someone I don’t believe in? Why must I submit to my husband if I know he’s wrong or don’t like his approach?? So, so selfish. But isn’t this how we think. Don’t we all struggle with issues in our life because we don’t agree with it.
Let me show you how God sees unity.
In Numbers Moses is once again trying to get the Isrealites to go into the Promised Land and once again the Isrealites are discouraging people from listening to the word of God because they don’t want to go to war. They’re happy with the land they have, why fight for more? This is how God responded to that division.
Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of the men twenty years old or more who came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Numbers 32:11-12
Wow an entire generation was passed over to receive God’s promise because they didn’t wholeheartedly submit to God’s will. This really challenged me. I’ve always been taught about submission and respect, but surrendering wholeheartedly to someone I didn’t agree with, that’s another story.
Am I stopping myself and others from receiving God’s promises because I’m not standing united with my husband, leaders and church? Am I discouraging others from doing God’s will because it doesn’t sound like a good idea to me? Am I causing division rather than unity.
The Isrealites were in division over taking the promised land not just once but twice and they were very close to having to live another 40 years in the dessert.
If you turn away from following him [God], he will again leave all these people in the desert, and you will be the cause of their destruction. Numbers 32:15
We are all responsible. If we want to receive all that God has promised we must be united. We must submit to God’s will wholeheartedly.
Wholeheartedly, what a great word. With every bit of our heart we serve, surrender, submit. We don’t hold back, withdraw, reserve or discourage. We do it anyways to see God’s blessing for all, not just for us. The Isrealites had been in the desert for so long they didn’t even want the promised land. They wanted to stay in the desert. How sad is that. We can get so used to where we are we say no to God’s blessing because it’s too much work to move forward.
I’ll have to move house, sell my car, travel farther to church, wake up earlier, take a pay cut, cancel my holiday, give more money, give more time. All reasons we may not want to take the promised land God has waiting for us. God wants us together, united. It’s an act of love and worship to God to stand united even if we don’t agree. And it’s in unity that God can bless us.
Do you have a hard time submitting to your husband or leaders/boss because you don’t agree with them or think they’re idea isn’t as good as yours? Pray that God will help you to submit and surrender your opinions and ideas so that your whole family/
church can be blessed. I’m praying this too, we’re in this together!