Is Unity in the Bible? Did God speak of unity to His prophets? Yes, yes He did. David said this of unity in Psalm 133: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! There are many mentions of unity in the Bible.
- 1 Corinthians 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
- Romans 15:5-7 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
- Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”
- Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
- Acts 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
- John 17:11-23 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
In Genesis we find the very first mention of unity where God was teaching Adam and Eve about surviving and uniting as one in the flesh. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
They were taught to cling to one another as one, not only in themselves but in their belief and faith in God. Unfortunately satan drove a wedge between them and God. He’s been whispering the very same thing in all of mankind’s ears ever since.
The Gospels teach us of unity also. Christ’s words the night before he was crucified tells us all to unite as one with each other even as He and God are one. So we must obey and rebuke as Jesus did when He told satan “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
We can not serve God unless we remember those persecuted. Those who have faced the ultimate choice of “Whom shall you worship?” Who shall I send? As Isaiah, Joshua and the other prophets decided, we must also decide. As Christ told us to take up our cross and follow Him. Are you willing to do this as many of our brothers and sisters are?
What is my point? There are many in prison facing death daily for their faith in Christ. There are many facing prison for their faith in Christ. Like Pastor Saeed Abidini, Kenneth Bae, Asia Bibi, Miriam Ibrahim, Iranian Pastor Matthias Haghnejad and layman Silas Rabbani and many, many others. Yet, too often we forget to remember these dear brothers and sisters in our prayers.
If they were members of my own family, I would give thanks every day for the mention of their names before the throne of God. Prayers are what sustains these dear family members, brothers and sisters in Christ. Our prayers before the throne of God are what strengthens and supports them. Not only is their faith, pain and endurance, including that of their families been an inspiration to so many, but it blesses and teaches us above all things to unite as one in the Glory of Christ giving praise and Glory to God as one in Christ Jesus.
We’d like to thank everyone who is sharing their testimony about what Pastor Saeed has taught them and how they have been blessed by this dear brother and his family. Pastor Saeed’s family is very grateful for every prayer or mention of their suffering, as are we. Let’s unite in the many prayer vigils that are upcoming for Pastor Saeed, his family and the persecuted Church, worldwide.
Click here to find a prayer vigil near you.
Remeber to share your testimonies of how this family has inspired you in faith, prayer and unity. Tell them how you are blessed for answering the call “Whom shall I send.”
Let us answer in one voice “SEND US, WE WILL GO.” May God richly bless you for your prayers and support for Pastor Saeed and the persecuted Church.
My Prayer for the call to prayer:
Father, we humble ourselves before you at the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Father we know the price that was paid for us, we know the sacrifice given to us. We have chosen as one to pick up our cross and follow Christ. We have chosen to unite as one in body, one voice to give you glory, praise and honor. Father we know the price we pay for following your will. We ask that you give comfort, strength, courage and protection to Pastor Saeed Abidini and others imprisoned or facing death. We ask that you touch their families and send caring hands and love to surround them and encourage them. We ask that you surround Pastor Saeed with your light of protection and love. We ask that through him you lead others to you. Use us Father to be a light to the world, to show the love of Christ, and the Gospel to the lost, so that they too may live. Help us to love and comfort those lost and seeking refuge from the storm. Help us to lean on your understanding. Father we give all Glory to you and we thank you for everything you have given us. Help us Father, to understand, and to show love to the world. Help us Father to remember that we are one in you though there are many of us and we are scattered throughout the world we are one. We ask that you give knowledge, wisdom and guidance to our leaders, religious and political leaders alike. Guide them Father, into your will. Help us to remember as Jesus said “Not my will but yours.” Give us all courage, and fill our hearts with the love of Christ and the truth of the Holy Spirit. Help us to remember that you are ever present in every land and every life. Help us to know that our Faith and hope rest in your hands. Strengthen Pastor Saeed and the others persecuted. May we rest in the knowledge that you are on the throne, and our reward is with you. Thank you Father, In Jesus name we pray.
By C. Refsland, VOP Advocate