When we look again at the verse in Ephesians that we started this week with, we see that it also calls us to ‘walk in unity’ and that we are to ‘keep the unity of the Spirit’ with each other.
Notice we are not called to pray for unity but rather to walk in it. This unity is meant to include all of those who are a part of the family of God, independent of what Church group or given expression of Church they may be a part of. To think correctly when it comes to this you have to think Kingdom, because in its truest definition ‘church’ (ekklesia) simply means ‘those who have been called out’.
If you have been taken out of darkness and are now in the ‘kingdom of the Son He loves’ you are in, and a part of, the same kingdom as me and everyone else that believes that Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ. I believe we accept too easily certain divisions that come from being a part of different denominations or streams of church, and we sometimes forget that in heaven’s eyes there is but one kingdom and one family to which we all belong.
One day, in heaven, there will no longer be any groups like Baptists, Pentecostals or Methodists that help us to organise who we are on earth – it’ll be just one kingdom of people that belong to God. So though we recognise these different groupings here on earth we must never forget that in actuality we are one body, family and people that belong to Him. It’s when we think like this that working together as one becomes really easy, and celebrating the success of others outside of our own ‘group’ or ‘sphere’ becomes normal.
So today let us not pray for unity but purpose to walk in it by recognising that what matters is if someone believes that Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ, because that is the Rock He said He was going to build upon!