Revival and Rebellion

Posted on April 7, 2010

3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all. Ephesians 4:3-6

Inevitably when we think of unity movements we think of Ephesians 4:3-6.  It‘s an awesome passage encouraging us to unify as one in Christ. The text implies that we will face struggles and that our unity in Christ will strengthen us for what is to come. I’ve heard Ephesians four read in the context of unity on more than one occasion however, the reading usually begins with verse three and not verse two. Verse two reads,  Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” I like verse two, it sends me back to the words of Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 26 takes us back to the heart of what this movement is all about.  What we as Christ followers are all about.  As Christians the heart and soul of who we are is “love.” Love for our God that causes us to willingly submit to his will. And love for our brother that causes us to submit our needs to his needs.

Tonight is our One Prayer opener for 2010. It’s being held here at GCC and we’re hoping for a large turn out. We’re also praying for spiritual revival to begin here on the island that will spread across Rhode Island and then New England. We’re asking God for revival to over take the churches and to reach deeper into the community at large. I believe it’s already begun. It began in the hearts of Pastors and parishioners alike all over this island and there’s little doubt it’s spreading. I pray  we can all unite and not hinder it’s progress before it really gets started.

The last thing our enemy wants is for us to unite! “United we stand, divided we fall,” ring any bells? We live in the heart of rebellion and just as with the colonial rebellion unity is needed here to insure victory.  Though they disagreed on minor issues the colonies did not war against one another. They did not rebel for the sake of rebellion. They set aside their differences and united to defeat a common foe. Nor, can we afford to rebel against one another, we must set aside our differences and our pride and unite against our enemy if we desire to see revival.

If we truly want to see revival on this island we must first humble ourselves before both God and our brother. We must unite as one body, for one cause, to achieve one goal.  And let’s not forget to be gentle and patient with each other along the way. And finally let all that we do in the name of revival as leaders and as laymen be done in love.  That’s how unity is made and that’s how victory is won.

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