To see the beauty of unity in Christ isn’t easy sometimes, because what we know about each other, usually isn’t our faith in Christ. The more of Christ we can share, the easier it is to be together, united and loving each other as Christ does. So why do we talk so much about the weather and price of gasoline? The old adage, “familiarity breeds contempt”, is only true if we are getting more familiar with eachother’s sinfulness, instead of each other’s faithfulness to Christ.
Jesus prayed, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, even as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent me”. Jn. 17:20-21. Peter the frontrunner of the Apostles, wrote, All of you have unity of spirit, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and a humble mind”, 1Pet. 3:8. Paul the Apostle to us Gentiles wrote, “Let your behavior be worthy of the good news of Christ, so that you…stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the good news…”, Php 1:27-28.
Do we pray for unity as Christ prayed? Do we feed our heart with scripture to have a loving, tender, humble heart? Is the good news of Christ, our prime objective? When we can answer yes to these questions, we are on the fast track to experiencing unity with all who can answer yes with us. There is no force, no person, no law, nothing, that can stop the fruit of His Spirit from growing in our hearts if we pray and feed our hearts with the gospel, Gal. 522-23. Why is this growth so unstoppable? Because of what happened to Christians explained in the very next verse, 24, they “have crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires, if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”. The beauty of unity begins growing with the “crucifixion” of our self. As children we sang the song, J.O.Y., Jesus first, Yourself last, others in between gives J.O.Y.. As we grow older, we should realize the cost of what it means to actually put ourselves last. Paul described it in both hard and soft ways, “But in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself…let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”, Php 2:3-5
Psalm 133 uses two objects to describe the beauty of unity. As twenty first century westerners we cannot appreciate the context they are put in, such as Aaron’s beard and the picture of Mt. Hermon. But the two symbols are indeed mentioned in the New Testament to help us enjoy the beauty of unity.
Oil: This was holy and to be used only on priests, if it was abused, punishment ensued, Ex. 30:22-33. This oil was abundantly poured over (annointed) Aaron the High Priest at joyous festivals, it represented God’s approval, blessings, holiness and healing. All of which Christians find promised and experinced in Christ Jesus.
Dew: From Mt. Hermon (having 3 peaks) drifted clouds of water, which gave life to rivers and flowing down to Jerusalem, blessed Mt. Zion. The obvious beauty is quite a relif in parched Israel. Notice how both oil and water are essential ingredients to life. Oil is essential to spiritual life (holiness), and water is essential to physical life. Hebrews 1:9, 10:22 & 12:14.
What do we really know about eachother to help us view and share the unity God wants us to have? We all have several gifts God has given us. Christ is the annointed and we are in Him. We all have access to the water of life, Jn. 4:10-14. We all have a desire for God’s love, Jn. 13:35. We all have a solution to our sin, his blood. There is so much more, that we have in common, let’s grow in them and discover others… Once you have learnt the, are they refreshing enough to share? Do we want to share our faith in them? If yes, then we are indeed growing in the beauty of unity.