The Power of Unity
When we first started JAMA Racing Ministry, we made two significant decisions. One, we would not take an offering and only rely on the Lord for provision for the ministry. The second, we would never seek ministry opportunities by asking to minister at a given event. We would wait for the Lord to open those doors for us. Both of these decisions were made because that is what the Lord wanted us to do.
By complying with His direction, it prevented us from ever feeling any pressure to find a place to ‘preach the Gospel’ every week. We simply waited for the opportunity and resources to accomplish the work He called us to.
Along the way, we started building websites. Part of what the Lord asked us to do through our web design business was to help ministries build and maintain a presence on the web for free. Along with a variety of church’s and other ministries, we host and help maintain the two largest drag racing ministry groups websites. By helping these ministries, it has helped create a an atmosphere of cooperation preventing competition between us. We work together to spread the Gospel and do not concern ourselves with who gets the credit.
To all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, our Father is calling us to unify in one message, love. Love each other and love His people. There is plenty of work to go around. Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
It’s time to stop competing and start working side by side to spread the love of our Lord.
The Power of Unity
by Os Hillman
“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” John 17:21
What is the greatest power that allows the unsaved to make a decision for Jesus Christ? It isn’t prayer, though this is important. It isn’t good deeds, though deeds indicate a fruitful relationship with God. It isn’t good behavior, though Christ commands us to be obedient as sons. The greatest power God’s children have over darkness is unity. Jesus talked a great deal about His oneness with the Father and the importance of unity in the Body of Christ. It is the most difficult command Jesus gave to the Church, because it wars against the most evil aspect of our sin nature-independence.
In the last days we are seeing God’s Spirit convict His children of the lack of unity among His Church. We are seeing God move between blacks and whites, ethnic groups, denominations, and parachurch groups. There is much work to be done. The walls of division and competition among His Body are a stench in God’s nostrils. He sees the competition and the pride of ownership and weeps for the lost who cannot come to Him because they cannot see Him in His Body. When His Body is one, the unbelieving see that Jesus was sent by God. It is like a supernatural key that unlocks Heaven for the heathen soul. The key is in the hand of Christ’s Church. When there is unity, there is power. Scripture tells us five will chase 100, but 100 will chase 10,000 (see Lev. 26:8). There is a dynamic multiplication factor in unity of numbers. We are a hundred times more effective when we are a unified group. Imagine what God could do with a unified Church.
Jesus prayed that we all might be one, as the Father and He are one. He wanted the same love God has for Jesus to be in each of us. When this love is in us, we are drawn to each other with a common mission. The walls fall down. The independent spirit is broken. Competition is destroyed. Satan’s accusations are thwarted. Our love for each other is manifest to the world around us. Lost souls begin to seek this love that is so foreign to them.
Have you contributed to an independent spirit within His Body? Are you seeking to break down walls of competition among Christians, churches, denominations, and ethnic groups? Until we walk in the spirit of unity, we will hinder those in whom God has reserved a place in Heaven. Pray for His Church to be unified.