linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “unite”
I smiled when I saw that the FMF prompt word was unite. It feels like it ties together a lot of what God has been saying and what I’ve been writing about this week. As Christians, we are meant to be united. We are one body– each part is different but each part is vital- and we need to love and value one another. We need to be willing to open up to one another- to surrender our self-protection and be real with each other, and to provide a safe place for others to be themselves.
I really value the online community I have found over the last year through blogging and through She Reads Truth where we unite to read God’s Word together each day. It has been amazing to connect with so many like-minded people: people of all different ages and different circumstances, mostly on the other side of the world, but united by our love for Jesus and our desire to grow in Him.
I have grown a lot, and that’s exactly how it should be: “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:16)
On Sunday I step out into the adventure of being part of a new church plant. In some ways it’s scary to go from a large well-established church to something so small and new, but I am also excited about the prospect of deeper relationships and true community. In a large church it is too easy for people to be overlooked or left out, but in a small church it is more obvious that every person matters, and I feel that everyone within our group sees that and truly wants to build community.
It will take effort- unity does not come easily, but the bond we have in Christ is greater than the things that divide us. And if we can live in love and unity, it is a great witness to those around us and assures them that they will be welcomed too.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)