We’re All In This Together

linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “unite”

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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)

 

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25 thoughts on “We’re All In This Together

    1. Thanks, Melissa. It is important to remember that the devil wants to sow division and fight against that to stay united, which can definitely only happen in God’s strength. Blessings to you too!

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  1. Carly, SO MUCH THIS: “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.” You should talk to Karrilee. A year ago her and her hubby started a church with some friends. Im over in the lucky 7 spot.

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  2. “…unity does not come easily, but the bond we have in Christ is greater than the things that divide us.”

    Yes! I love a good theological or political debate, but at the end of the day, we have to realize that we’re all in the same family. Weird and wild and dysfunctional, but family nonetheless.

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    1. I think with a large community it’s easy to stay in the background but with a small community there’s nowhere to hide. It can be scary but it also leads to deeper community and also to spiritual growth, as long as we’re willing.

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  3. Carly, how exciting to be part of a church plant! May the Lord give you eyes to see those who may feel invisible and invite them into that place of unity within the body of Christ.

    I loved what you said, “It will take effort- unity does not come easily, but the bond we have in Christ is greater than the things that divide us.”

    It seems like unity comes best when we can really see people, and when one is willing to reach out to another. It does take effort, and it’s a choice. And yes, that bond in Christ is strong.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne. It is exciting, and I would love this new church to become a place where people feel welcome and included. It does take effort to really see people and be willing to reach out but it can make a huge difference.
      Hope you have a lovely weekend too!

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  4. Glad to hear you’re part of a thriving community! And even greater that you’re brave to step out and share more of yourself and your faith. All the best and good people around you to persevere and see what God has in store for you!

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  5. Beautiful, encouraging words. This is so important: “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.” A safe place for others to be themselves is something I’ve been reflecting on a lot: I often pray on my way to meet people that God would help me to really listen and not be quick to speak. It’s when I’ve held back and really listened that I’ve experienced people opening up in amazing ways: and blessing me too in their openness.

    So exciting about the church plant! I’m in a big church now (400+), which is why I’m taking an active role in our Mums’ ministry team- to ensure I stay engaged and accountable…it’s so true that it’s easy to overlook people in a big church. I’ve been on the look-out lately for these overlooked people (because I’ve experienced it myself too) and have been so blessed by pursuing them…God’s doing for sure (I’m quite shy..so this is a big thing for me!).

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    1. That’s great that you are being intentional about listening to people and also looking out for people who seem to be overlooked. Those are both such important things in helping people feel accepted and valued.

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  6. Hi Carly! These words really struck home with me, “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.”

    As a church planter, you just can’t have a better attitude than that. So inclusive and hopeful! We are all a part of the body of Christ, and that is the basis of our lives, and our life together as his children. May we all be one!
    God bless your work,
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks, Ceil! Definitely- if we are one it is a great witness and it’s important to remember that we are all part of the body of Christ. We all have a part to play and we need one another.

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