The power of unity.

The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  – Genesis 11:6

The Bible tells us that Noah’s great-grandson, Nimrod, built and established the first kingdom on the earth, Babylon. He expanded his empire over a large portion of the ANE (Ancient Near East). On the plain of Shinar (modern-day Iraq), he ordered the construction of a huge tower with which to idolize himself and promote his hedonistic philosophy. The people spoke only one language on earth at that time and had come to be unison on erecting this monument to themselves. Then, God decided to look in on the matter because the pride of men and their solidarity of oneness challenged God’s authority as being Supreme. To prevent them from achieving their goal, which God said it was possible, He confused their language with the birth of many languages among them and thereby scattered them across the globe.

The ungodly were well on their way to erecting a tower to the heavens that concerned God enough to intervene and cease its construction. They were able to do so because the people were of one language, speech and, hence, purpose. God admitted they would’ve achieved their goal if He’d let them continue. If they could have done the seemingly impossible in the physical world through being of one mind, purpose, and language, how much more should the body of Messiah be doing when of one mind, purpose, and language?

The problem is that the church, worldwide, is fractured and splintered on many fronts. Rather than concentrate on converting the lost, baptizing converts, and making them into disciples of Messiah, we concentrate more on ourselves and begging God to be our high-in-the-sky Santa, who should grant every little whim and fancy the church conjures up in its collective mind.

No, the people of God need to refocus on the misseo Dei. God’s plan is for all people everywhere to come to repentance and knowledge of the Truth. He doesn’t desire anyone to perish. So, church we need to reunite our efforts, set aside our petty doctrinal and theological differences, and focus on fulfilling the Great Commission given us by Jesus, himself. We are to preach the Good News to every person on earth, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, make them into Jesus’ disciples, and teach them all that He has commanded us in His Word.

If we will come together to focus on this one great principle and love our God with all we are (greatest commandment) by serving our neighbor as ourselves (second greatest commandment) rather than serving ourselves, we would see the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever known. Instead we sit in our pews arguing over minor misinterpretations of God’s Word rather than being Jesus’ witnesses to a lost and eternally dying world. We need to be about the Father’s business. Jesus reminds us that it will go well for the servant who is found doing the duties his Master assigned him when the Master comes back.

Father, help me to ignite and unify more of Your saints into evangelizing the world. I have committed myself to reaching out more and more to the lost of every socioeconomic level. No one, rich or poor, can afford to not hear the Good News of Jesus and be afforded the opportunity of receiving Your saving grace. I am believing to see 200 people to come to You through my personal evangelism in 2012. I am stepping out in faith and putting my faith where my mouth is. Faith without works is dead, James said. If a “mustard seed” faith can move mountains into the sea, then I can lead 200 people into the kingdom of God by the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit. Your will be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.