Unity is more than just being together. It is laying down our preferences and methods for what God has called us to do.
We read in Chapter 30 about King Hezekiah inviting all of Israel to celebrate the Passover. This tradition was something he had to rebuild due to many kings before him not serving the Lord. Hezekiah made it a priority to rebuild and rededicate the Temple to the Lord. He sent out letters inviting all of Israel to come back to the Lord. Some towns just laughed at these letters, but others humbled themselves and came to the Passover celebration. We continue to read that a large crowd came together and in unity they cleansed the temple, making it the Lord’s holy place. As they served the Lord, priests, Levites, and other townsmen also dedicated themselves to the Lord. This lasted seven days, but they continued on seven more days rejoicing and celebrating the Lord.
“Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 30:12 (NIV)
As believers, we must stay in unity with God through relationship with Him.
As a church body, we must come together to serve, worship, and praise God while inviting others to be a part. While we are to be in unity with God and with each other, there are many people who walk through the doors of My City who do not know, or have not accepted God into their hearts. We have the opportunity to show them what Godly unity looks like and feels like.
Through our unity with God, we create an atmosphere where others can belong, believe, and be transformed.
As we continue to be United in Jesus, we will get to experience what King Hezekiah and his people experienced at the Passover: joy and closeness with God.
I pray that through these 21 days, you feel more unified with God, His people, and the call He has on your life. Thank you God, that you have called us to be unified with you and the people around us. Thank you for the people who have come to know you and for the people who will come to know you. Thank you that when we come together to serve you, we do it with great joy, praising and glorifying you! May we continue to grow in relationship with you and those around us. Amen!
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