Throughout this world we live in there are SO many denominations, Religions, Divisions, etc... we often hear about Race-Wars https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-07-11/america-headed-race-war
In the United States alone we read or hear about so much hate and division it's like everyone wants to climb a ladder of success just to be recognized. I once read a story of a man who climbed a sycamore tree just so he could see a very special person. Well... Not just any person!! A life giving, completely humble, meek person who was an actual demonstration of LOVE! Who also united hearts as one!!
Luke 19:3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." 6. So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Zacchaeus was small very stumpy and could hear all the Chaos outside his own home but couldn't see it. When Jesus told him I must stay at your home, that was merely the beginning.
BOOM!! Unity Started!! Zacchaeus had cheated people, taken from the poor, robbed, etc, but look what happened when he sat at the table with Jesus.
Luke 19:7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner." 8. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." In other words, "Look I'm tired of trying to climb the ladder of success, my legs are aching I would rather walk the right and straight road than to cheat people. I want to be One with You and Your people. Whatever I've taken from them I'll give back FOUR times the Amount!!"
In todays world treading on each others backs to reach something higher is a worldly mentality. There are 3 P's, Pride, Power, Position!! When Satan was thrown out of the Heaven it was because of these. It was as if he wanted to BE GOD! There's nothing wrong with Role Models or Father Figures. Apostle Paul said Himself in 1 Corinthians 4:15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. It's good to have people to aspire to. I have many "Father Figures" in my Church in the UK as my natural father wasn't a great influence on my life! But when going back to the 3 P's mentioned above, there are ways that are deadly like venom to our view of life. They bring Division, Destruction, and possibly Death. When presented incorrectly ALL three can take a part of dividing us from the unity God offers.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Guys/Girls. Whoever is reading this, it's ALL through JESUS that we find ourselves being connected as ONE People. Ain't that how we're meant to be?? Are we not meant to, no matter the skin color, black, white, purple... Unite together as ONE?
Reminding you of the Race-War again... Whether you or I like it or not its not a skin problem but rather a SIN problem. It's about coming back to the place where we can let go of our hatred and pain, placing it into the hands of JESUS. Saying "Take It Lord. I don't want my heart to be taken in by this hatred or anger. I want to be one with the father as well as my brothers and sisters. Amen"
God can meet us where we are. Do you have the heart and strength to bend your knee to Yeshua!! To lay your burdens down and let go of that hate, bitterness or need to forgive. These are what separate us today not just from each other, but also from God our creator. This is why He sent Jesus. So He could build a bridge and we can be reconciled BACK to our Creator Father God! Its when we start with the little things in life that help us walk straight.
One day I was on a walk and realized that as I was walking up this Hill I could feel a stone in both of my walking boots. I kept walking anyways and came to realize that if I didn't stop to empty my walking boots then my journey would be difficult. So I stopped, emptied out what was 3 stones, and put my boots back on. The stones were piercing my skin making very hard to walk. But after cleaning and putting on a plaster I was able to walk more comfortably. Then I enjoyed my walk!
So why did I share that story. Well, because it's like our Christian life. Sometimes we have to stop and pick out the little things that stop us from moving forward. We have to empty ourselves from pain, bitterness, hatred, a need to forgive, sin (not just towards other people but also possibly yourself or even God), etc. As we do these things we find our hearts and lives becoming more purposeful, refreshed, connected, and alive... In Him!! Are you ready to be "Let Go??"
That weight you've carried for so long, Brother or Sister... It's time to lay it down and Let God have His way..maybe some of you need to be baptized, washed and cleansed. Baptism is a launch pad into an exciting journey with your maker. Wow!! Its like a leap board that springs you into life. Be baptized you into ONE BODY, the Body OF Christ. Galatians 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Enjoy your journey into oneness through Christ. Love You All!
Mark Bl4zing is an English gentleman and Promotions & Recruiting Manager for OmniGod.