To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 1:27-28 (NIVUK): ”Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.
This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved – and that by God.”
Selwyn talks about an important topic in today’s study – disunity in the church. There is disunity between denominations and there is disunity to be found within Christian communities.
He writes: “Disunity in the church is perhaps the most serious impediment to the gospel. If only we would remember we are committed to a common cause” – to make Jesus known to the world.
“The biggest problem in church life is the inability to relate to one another in the spirit of Jesus Christ. … Nothing brings more disorder and confusion than disunity. Divide and destroy is Satan’s chief strategy.”
One problem is that some people place too much emphasis on peripheral issues which are not issues that are essential for salvation. For example, there are some who take a very literal view of Scripture and who believe in a ‘young earth’ creation story, while there are others who think that God may have used evolution as part of His creative processes – both groups believe that God is totally responsible for creation.
The sad thing is that some people use this issue as a measure of a person’s faith, yet the use of such a measure is not supported by the Bible. However, this issue has cause disunity in some church communities, and such disunity only furthers Satan’s work.