Saturday, November 7

Let there be no divisions in the church!

Scripture: Job 33, 1 Corinthians 1-3

1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

Observation

The Corinthian church had divided into factions around leaders.  “I follow Paul.”  “I follow Apollos.”  “I follow Peter.”  Paul calls for an end to these divisions.  We’re all to follow Jesus, and love one another even when we differ about the details.

Let there be no divisions in the church!

Application

What an appropriate word for today, when the American church is divided by politics.  “I follow Trump.”  “I follow Biden.”  “I’m for masks.”  “I’m an anti-masker.”  

Our loyalty to Jesus and to one another must supercede all other loyalties.  We are Christians first—that is our primary identity—and Republicans or Democrats second (or third or fourth…).  

If you allow your politics to divide you from other Christians, you have denied the supremacy of Jesus and embraced a political idol.  

If you leave a church and separate yourself from your fellow Christians because of politics or masks, you have denied that Jesus is Lord and bowed your knee to some other power.  

How serious is it to divide the church?  Listen to Paul’s words:

1 Corinthians 3:16–17 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Each “you” in these verses is plural—y’all.  Y’all are God’s temple; God’s Spirit lives in y’all.  If you destroy (divide) God’s temple, God will destroy you!  Yikes!  I take that kind of warning seriously.

Let there be no divisions in the church.  We follow one Lord: Jesus.  No one else.  Let’s come together around Him!

Prayer: Lord, I pray for the American church and for every congregation in it.  Help us to be Jesus people first and foremost.  Let there be no divisions in the church, but help us to love Jesus first and each other second, regardless of the details.