TUG OF WAR
The man in the team pulling his weight in the tug of war, is helped by the fact that others are sharing the load.
Imagine him against the whole of the other team. No problem of course – if you are Samson.
(Joshua 23/10): One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.
Spiritually speaking, as Christians we are in a tug of war against the darkness of this present age. And I reckon there are a multitude of ways of dividing us.
There are all kinds of devices used by the unseen enemy, who manifests himself in unbeliever’s flesh, who are used by him to dis-unify, disrupt and weaken the saints of God. II Corinthians 2/
11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Problem is, he will also use the flesh in us (Christians), never mind the unbelievers.
I would love to say we are all aware of this and we all take the necessary action to maintain unity, and to stop this flesh in ourselves and others on the team from dis-unifying the church, and causing us to let go of God’s ‘rope’. But I’m afraid experience tells me different.
Amidst the increased pressure of the day in which we live, we who are not overtly ‘brave courageous and bold’, as the old western song about Wyatt Earp used to tell us – have only one means of maintaining our unity as believers.
That one means is humility.
Being able to talk and communicate in such a way that there is no self-righteousness and oneupmanship, present in our midst.
Because I see little of this, as it is really meant to be, I can find myself despairing of finding like-minded believers to ‘attach’ myself to, who likewise long for the commanded blessing of God, that is promised to those who will dwell together in unity.
But to finish this very short post – we had better get our act together, and as one person put it – be not sworn together in doctrine, frozen together in tradition but melted together in love.
We can’t do that without The Love of God Himself flowing in our midst.
“Lord we are your people and if we will humble ourselves and pray…”
II Chronicles 7/14