We are United

We are united in Jesus Christ
We are the soldiers of the light
We don't wrestle flesh and blood
But principalities of the dark
We do our marching to one beat
Crushing the enemy under our feet
We are mighty in our stand
With God's word in our hand

A dear friend reminded me of this song in an email tonight. We sang that same song the Sunday after 9/11 nearly ten years ago. It was recorded by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. I plan to take our high school singing group "Evidence" to worship there this Sunday afternoon in NYC.

It is obviously a song about unity in the body of Christ.

in Jesus' High Priestly Prayer in John 17:22-23, He intercedes for us praying,

22 " The glory which You have given Me I have given to them,

that they may be one, just as We are one;

23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity,

so that the world may know that You sent Me,

and loved them, even as You have loved Me."

Unity allows the Holy Spirit do His complete work in our lives, and together, and only together, we have a credible witness of Jesus being the Son of God, sent by the Father, because of His great love.

If I understand Jesus' prayer, my own spiritual growth is In some measure related to my oneness with other believers.

There is much that is wrong in the world and often the daily news is negative. It is easy to be frightened and discouraged. But Jesus is very clear that we are not to be fearful. He clearly states that He has overcome the world.

I have a friend who recently watched a very suspenseful movie, then had to house sit all alone. Suffice it to say, my friend didn't get much sleep. Why? Because we are very vulnerable when we are alone. And so fear grows.

But when we are unified as a body of believers, standing on God's word, love grows, faith grows, fear diminishes and the gospel is boldly and gracefully proclaimed to the world.

So let us be of one mind, and one heart.

Serving together......Until the Whole World hears,

Joe McKinney