DEVOTION BY MARK FUGATE
Taking our foot off the brake
There’s an awesome verse in the book of 1Corinthians where the Apostle Paul urges unity and it would serve us well to heed his advice. Check it out…..
- 1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you, and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Two men were riding a bicycle built for two an they came to a steep hill. They struggled very hard to get up the hill and when they got to the top the man in front said to the man in the back, that sure was a hard climb. And the man in the back replied , yes it was, and if I hadn’t kept my foot on the brake all the way, I’ll bet we would have rolled down backwards for sure.
We are living in a time where some in the Church are really trying to pedal hard to let the world know that Jesus saves and that He came to establish His Church, and that in a world full of confusion we can simply take the Bible only and be Christians only. But others have their foot on the brake and send out a blurred message that all paths lead to heaven.
The Apostle Paul speaks in our text to the need for unity. The world will be won to Jesus if there is a unified message. Paul makes his plea in the name of Christ. In other words he is saying, this is what Christ would want. And then he delivers his plea to this Church that was struggling with division. They were struggling with division because they were trying to fit in with the current culture of that day. Our society is much like the first century Greek culture in that America prizes the idea of diversity.
And diversity can be a good think in many circumstances, but it can serve as the enemy to unity when it comes to the teaching and the truth of God. When it comes to the things of God Paul says we are to speak with one voice. The need for a unified message is an urgent need. There are lost souls at stake. We need to decide that you and I are going to pedal hard together to present the message of the gospel in a clear, concise and unified way. It’s an uphill battle so we better take our foot off the brake.