Unity Found in Christ

I enjoyed this timely article on unity this morning by David Mathis. Quoting Tozer,

[Pianos] are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.

Mathis wisely points out that unity is not something that is to be had by looking or gazing at unity itself, but by gazing at Jesus Christ. He says,

As the pilgrims singing Psalm 133 journeyed to Jerusalem, they looked up to Zion and, in doing so, found camaraderie with others looking up and striving toward the same hill. When they finally arrived in Jerusalem, they found themselves with brothers, having ascended the mount from all directions, dwelling together for the feast.

“True unity, deep and enduring, is the divine effect and gift of the Godward gaze.”

So too today, God would have our pilgrim gaze

be upwards first. Our God, and his truth, is not the servant of human endeavors at unity. Rather true unity, deep and enduring, is the divine effect and gift of the Godward gaze. To find true unity, we look elsewhere first: up to God, through his word. And as we do, and receive God’s gift of himself, we discover others in the same pursuit. Looking deeply into the Scriptures, we find comrades also living in glad submission to God’s word and in the pursuit of his truth. In this way, unity falls on us, often surprisingly, as a blessing from heaven.

I awoke this morning noticing the dew outside, and the moisture on the windows. I had the sermon text and subject on my mind. As I prayed and brewed my coffee, I gave thanks. Our Lord, risen and alive, is intimately involved in this world, and is teaching his church. I anticipate approaching the pulpit with hope and expectancy and joy; tuned to preach his grace.