October 2016

Recently I began reading through the Bible and am amazed at how the Spirit continues to reveal new things. As I was reading Genesis 11, the story of the tower of Babel, I was amazed to find an entirely new (to me) application of this passage.

I hope I am not taking it out of context, but I believe the rest of scripture supports this application. I am presenting it to you and trusting you will benefit from the thoughts I had as well.

This takes place after the flood and before the call of Abram. Scripture says they journeyed east and settled in the plain of Shinar. There was one language—and one purpose. “Let us build for ourselves a city and a tower.”

Genesis 11: 5-6 The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.”

I am sure you are familiar with the rest of the story—but have you ever thought about these words in the context of the body of believers? One people—one message—one purpose—nothing will be impossible for them.  Remind you of other passages of scripture?

Matthew 17:19-20 (NASB) Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” And (Jesus) said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith, for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”

As believers in Christ we belong to one body—we have the same message—the same purpose—the same calling—yet individual gifts. (1 Cor. 12, Eph. 4:4)

Paul repeatedly urged the early church to use the gifts God gave them to serve God and to advance His kingdom. Jesus commanded His disciples (and us) to make and grow disciples until the whole world hears (Matthew 28:19)

John 17: 20-23 (NASB) “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who 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 sent Me. “The glory which you have given Me; I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one. I in them and You in Me that they may be perfected, in unity, so that the world may know that you sent Me and loved them, even as you have loved Me.”

What if we as the church spoke with one voice, moved with one purpose, worked with one goal in mind? In Mark 9:23 Jesus said to the father of the one possessed by a demon “All things are possible to him who believes.” Would we as a body begin to see a change in the world around us? Would we be passionate about declaring His name, His kingdom and His glory to all? Would we be able to make a difference in the lives of those around us who are lost and without hope?

Dear partners, I believe together, we are doing this—and I leave you with the words of Paul to the Galatians: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Gal. 6:9) Jackie