1 Corinthians 1:10
“10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
A glimpse into a growing faith: a few years after Christ has died for our sins and the Corinthians are already dividing themselves into groups based in who baptized them. Crazy. Even though they are being taught, being preached to by folks who were there in there heat of things, pride started to creep in and create divisions whereby who they were baptized by was more important than The Word.
We have a common goal – to bring as many people to faith as we can. That’s why we are called to be the light. Our goal as given to us by Christ (as I see it, and I’m no scholar) is to be the light, to attract people to The Word, The Truth, to quench their thirst with The Living Water. To be seeking, willing and available to God to have him use us to do his work through us. To save souls.
That’s why we’re called to be in the world but not of the world. God’s love is so great, he doesn’t want to see people choose to be separated from him when he returns. He knows what it’s going to be like on judgement day when people are granted their wish to have God leave them alone. He doesn’t want to see that.
How can we achieve the goal we’ve been given if we’re claiming superiority (silently or loudly) based on who baptized us, or what denomination we are (or aren’t), what church we go to, what we wear to church, what car we arrive in, etc., etc., etc. Does the pride of our faith vs. all those poor people out there who “just don’t get it” – whether nonbelievers or believers – put us on a better, higher level? No. Not in God’s eyes. I just gets in the way of achieving the goal.
Don’t let pride get in the way of “cultivating a life in common” (v10 from The Message). We have a common God, a common savior, a common goal. While our entry path may be different, our churches use different bibles, sing different songs, have different resources, different traditions, Christ is the reason. Nothing else matters. Be humble and serving as Christ was while being bold and confident as Christ was. Achieving the goal matters.