Unity

This weekend, I had the incredible honor of seeing God’s people come together.

We had a number of different church denominations and spiritual backgrounds, meet at Elida to put on the Basement Doctor FCA Legends football camp.
20 coaches, 20+ high school and college athletes, the Elida youth football association and countless other volunteers, all came together to serve kids from Lima, Perry, Elida, Bath, Shawnee, Bluffton, Uniopolis, Wapakoneta and more!
I didn’t hear any squabbling anywhere.  There was amazing unity and community.
I couldn’t help but think, this is what Jesus intended when He said,
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:22-23)
Perhaps this is what Paul was talking about in Ephesians 4.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
The world is watching us, the church.  They are wondering why we argue with one another.  I have heard them.  They are curious why a people that claims to be unconditionally loved, doesn’t show even a portion of that love toward each other.
Let’s look for ways to show them what it means to have unity in Christ.
Great job by all who were involved in the camp Friday, showing an otherworldly love and sacrifice that could only come from the one who is Love.