“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment”
(1 Cor. 1:10) (NKJV)
The body of Christ is one (1 Cor. 12:12), hence the need for unity within the church to avoid confusion within the body. We must all pay attention to the common goal and purpose of God for His church. God desires a church, funded by His spirit, a church where members are in one accord and agreement, having the same mind, purpose and vision.
As believers, our thoughts and deeds must be based on the word of God, united in love with one another. We are expected to be of like mind, in one accord, based on the name of Jesus Christ and the foundation laid by Him and not on our personal ambitions (Eph. 5:23).
The church is the body of Christ (Eph. 3:6). We are the church. The church is not a building where believers gathes every Sunday for service. God’s plan is for the church to be based on the foundation of what Jesus did, to be in harmony and united.
The church is a living organism, it is alive. It is not an organization put together by men, where everyone has his own agenda, strategy and motive. Any perfection in the church which is not based on the Spirit of God, is a waste of time, because the flesh profits nothing, it is the spirit that quickeneth; the word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63).
If our life is not being transformed (Rom. 12:2) into the image of Christ after many years of church attendance, then we have unconsciously embraced the preaching of another Jesus, spirit and gospel (2 Cor. 11:4). Without a renewed mind, we cannot be a part of the united church. God is looking for sons of God who are led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14), people who are yielded to the Spirit of God.
Christ is the head of the church (Col. 1:18), and we are designed to draw our life, inspiration, strength and even ambition from Him. If our strength and inspiration comes from any other source, we certainly cannot fit into the end time plan of God.
We are the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), and as a body, we are meant to have a common conviction and faith, which is key in fulfilling the vision and plan of God for His church. We are meant to care for one another (1 Cr. 12:25). When we live only for ourselves, we bring not only disunity into the church but also live a wasted life.
Whatever we want to become in this world, must be derived from Jesus Christ, who is the head of the body, the church.