Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall…. (Lk 11:17).
I love it when my husband and I are on the same page. Unity in any kind of relationship is a beautiful thing. Whenever communication breaks down and we start to make assumptions or lean into our misunderstandings of what that person means it never goes well. It always destroys our unity with one another.
It takes active listening for us both to stay unified with one another. It means we must ask questions, wait for the answer and maybe even ask a few more questions for clarification. Just to make sure we fully understand the other person and don’t start following the wrong narrative in our lives.
It’s easy for me to follow the wrong narrative. To get caught up in some story that just isn’t true. A story weaved by demonic forces, that seek to destroy the good things in my life.
I can’t help but that think our world today has gotten ahold of the wrong narrative. Our hearts and minds become so easily swayed by the next big news story. Keeping us from resting in what really matters.
You see, Israel was looking for a political savior, someone like David who would overthrow Rome and put the Jews back in power. Instead, they got Jesus, a conquering king who came not with the sword, but with love, grace, and forgiveness. He came to destroy the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentle. At every turn, He spoke life into the oppressed and sought to restore the humanness inside of each person that society tried to destroy. Women, Samaritans, lepers….the list goes on and on.
Because of this, many Jews missed the Messiah. Simply because they kept holding onto the narrative that Jesus needed to be a political savior. I wonder what would happen in our world if we stopped placing so much of our time, heart and energy on the next big news story and instead on pursuing the words, heart, and ministry of the Messiah, Jesus?
His heart is the only thing that can change the narrative and restore unity. It’s the only thing that can save our world from the destruction we constantly find ourselves in. So today, I’m choosing to hold fast to the reality that Jesus changes everything, including my stubborn and often rebellious heart. So dear friend, we have to stop creating for ourselves political, ethnic, and racial camps, only furthering us from one another but let us hold fast to a man born in Bethlehem who came to redeem the whole world from their sins. A man who supersedes class, race, and ethnicity brings all people together through His love.
Father, I am heartbroken over the reality that our country and the world find itself in. Help us, Father, to hold fast to you, and maybe we become unified because we have given ourselves over fully to you, in Jesus name, Amen.