Mark 3:20-35; 2 Samuel 7-8; Daniel 4
One of the characteristics of the early church was that it multiplied followers. People believed in Jesus in large numbers. Jesus predicted that when He talked about the grain of wheat falling into the ground and yielding great numbers. We don’t see that response today. Jesus predicted that too. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24-25) When we as a church are unified and we are living according to God’s standards, we see growth either through addition or multiplication. When we are divided, we not only don’t see growth, we see subtraction as followers of Christ fall away. Usually what divides us is foolishness and pride. We would rather be right than loving. Jesus chose a diverse group of disciples who didn’t always see eye to eye. Nevertheless, because they had the presence and example of Jesus, they loved each other and didn’t let differences of opinion divide them. As our world be omes more hostile towards believers, we would do well to learn from their example. It just adds up.
O Lord, You bind us together. Help me to remember that and show Your love to fellow believers even when we disagree. May we all be one in You even as You prayed in the garden.