Each one of us is on a journey to our final, and eternal, destination. As Christians, we live with the confident assurance that our eternal home is with God. But, we’re not home yet and there is a life to be lived as we journey toward heaven. It is my prayer that this series of devotions will help you discover not only a glimpse of heaven, but that it would prepare you to more fully live like you are home even as you continue the journey.
This is day twenty-nine from the devotional journal, “Almost Heaven: Devotions For the Journey Home”. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God in the process of discovering how He would have us to live as we prepare for an eternal home.
A Home of Unity
“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.“
Ephesians 1:9-10 (NIV)
What does unity mean to you? What things do you believe are necessary for unity to exist? What do you think are some of the reasons unity seems to be so elusive? Do you believe unity should be pursued at all costs? What might be some limits to the price of unity that might make it undesirable — or perhaps make it not be unity at all? What role does submission have when it comes to having a home of unity? How can your home today look more like the home of unity you are headed towards?
When the world speaks of unity, they are often actually referring to conformity. God says that heaven is a home of unity, not because we are all alike but because we are living our unique giftedness under one head — Jesus Christ. I like all of the parts of my truck to work in unity in order to transport me to where I want to go. I don’t want a truck built out of parts that have all become the same — I want unique parts that are working together to accomplish the purpose of their designer. As you pray, ask God to help you live in unity with others as each of you accept His headship over all things.