13.06.2020 Unite

Psalm 78: 1-6

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
    that our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their children;
    we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

He established a decree in Jacob,
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach to their children;
that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children,

We Christians obey the law, we are in a community of faith, in unity.

What does unity mean? What can hold together? Can only the same things hold together, or is it also possible that different things form a unity?

When baking e.g. things come together that don’t really go together: water and oil – that doesn’t mix?! But when flour, milk, eggs etc. are added, a homogeneous mass is created, which in the end results in a perfect work.

What about people who have a completely different attitude than we do? Can there be a unity? Or should we stay away from such people because they have a “bad influence” on us? – Nobody is only bad or only good, it is about unifying different characters in one endeavor – in the love and grace of the Lord, who created us in our diversity, with different talents and views, and loves us as we do are.

Many things cannot thrive unless people act together. In order to act together, we have to respect the abilities of each individual, put him in our midst, help him, that which may still be hidden, reveal together, make his qualities greater. —– I’m not the bigger one, but I’m happy if I can help you grow. —–

Together we follow the law. Lawlessness does not help anyone: (in the Bible: Judges21: 25 During this time there was no law in Israel, everyone acted at his own discretion ”

In the law of Christ we are one body, one unit, each with different abilities, all based on the word of the Lord. Just as the apostles needed time to understand Jesus, understand what he wanted from them, so we need time, unity takes time to arise. it begins to grow slowly, unity takes effort, problems need to be solved.

Jesus himself always retreated to pray, he gave himself up for us, did not ask, obeyed the Father. Church is a community that obeys the Lord and does not ask why if it is the Word of God. One should always ask “why” when someone wants something, whether it complies with the law, whether I can do it with a clear conscience, or whether I should refuse it. If someone asks you to drink enough until you are drunk and no longer know what you are doing, you will definitely find a clear stance and a no.

Paul says that he is the least of the apostles, but he only admits it after a long period of growth and learning. We need to be humble to attain unity. To admit that we are less than the other must take pride. In one direction with the community – strive towards God. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us, he works in us when we ask him for it in constant prayer. We have to work on ourselves, bring about change, descend, not raise ourselves.

Jesus says: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” – Do not sit in first place, because someone could come to whom you have to leave this place – sit in last and wait for someone to call you.

Let us ask again and again for humility, because this alone can help us to complete the path we want to go, without detours.