Two Keys – Devotion to Christ and Devotion to Christian Unity…
This walk of faith on which we have embarked is a winding, twisting trail, with many obstacles to overcome and hills to climb before we finally reach home. However, there are at least two main keys that will keep us on the main trail and save us from ending up on rabbit trails.
These are our devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3) and devotion to Christian unity (John 17). In fact, you can’t have one without the other, for Christ’s prayer was that we would become united in heart and mind and spirit.
How to achieve Christian unity is probably the least understood facet of our faith. Maybe that is because we all struggle so mightily with our absolute devotion to Christ, and without this prerequisite accomplished, the ideal of Christian unity will remain a distant and even unimaginable goal.
Scripture is real clear on how we can and should interact with each other as Christians and how we should relate to Christ, but it is also clear from scripture that most individuals will remain committed to their own welfare above that of the church and of its Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
So, in the final analysis, our sin is the culprit, not God and not the church. When we master ourselves, then we can begin to work with Christ on the monumental task or restoring the church to wholeness.
And even then, we must constantly be on guard and watchful of our own hearts to make sure that we are indeed doing God’s will, God’s way, and doing it in God’s time.
— Brad Heilhecker