I have heard a saying that goes this way, “a tree cannot make a forest” and another that says “little droplets of water make an ocean”. Another common saying says “no man is an island”. All these sayings are true in their entirety. They simply mean that at one point or the other, we need each other. It is imperative to know that collectively, we can amount to something that individually we have no hope of ever attaining unto.
Life itself is such that there must be interdependence on other animate and inanimate things. There is a relationship man has with other living things as well as nonliving things in his environment. This means that collectively as one, knowing individual roles and performing optimally is necessary if goals must be achieved.
A state of being in full agreement with the goals, objectives, mission statement, backed up by action is unity and this is imperative.
I will like to also stress emphatically that although numbers is important, yet without being in full agreement with the goals and objectives and commensurate action, without unity, it becomes a disadvantage as it constitutes a burden and a liability.
Unity is a state of being in full (not partial) agreement; a way of combining the parts in any work so as to have a whole. It is the state of oneness, condition of harmony, continuity without divination or changes in purpose or action.
It is simply the balance, coherence, concinnity, consonance, and symphony.
In just one sentence, Unity is simply the Singleness of Purpose.
The necessity for unity cannot be overemphasized; neither can its power be quantified nor exaggerated.
Even in the Godhead, unity exists. “26 And God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” Gen. 1: 26.
Obviously there was a coming together, a coherence and a state of being in full agreement here, “Let US make man in OUR own image and after OUR own likeness………”. While some may argue whether such a thing or concept as ‘The Trinity’ exist, that however is not the subject of my piece, neither do I want to deviate from the subject. Who is greater in the Godhead and who is less? (if at all any is greater and another less) is a subject for another day. I however have this to say, The Hebrew word used for God in Gen. 1: 26 is Elohim and it is the plural for God, the singular is Eloah. Just as Cherubim and Seraphim are plural to Cherub and Seraph respectively, so is Elohim. (Please conduct a personal research if in doubt).
Based on my anchor scripture, we can see that unity exists in God.
The million dollar question is: “If unity exists and is imperative in the Godhead, what makes humanity think it can survive without unity?”.
We are in a day and time where everyone thinks and believes he or she can do all things all by himself or herself, especially in the body of Christ. We fail to understand that we are a body and not bodies; we are one and not millions. If our ultimate aim and purpose as the body of Christ is achievable, then it is on the onus of unity. Denominations, ministries, movements, prayer houses, fellowships, churches and lots more have adopted the mindset and belief that they are sufficient in themselves, thereby segregating and alienating themselves from others. This is a lie of the devil and an orchestration from the pit of hell.
The devil knows the unquantifiable power that exists in unity and therefore fights it with all that he has got. He knows that a united church (not denomination, ministry or fellowship) is an unlimited church, it is an invincible church. Check out “Is the Church Invincible?”
See a Taste of this Power
“1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” Gen. 11:1- 9.
Observe the underlined words and sentence. The unlimited ability in unity is glaring. In the garden in Eden, God would come in the cool of the day and fellowship with man. After the fall, it was not recorded that God came down till the unity of the children of men compelled His attention. Amazing isn’t it? Mere men compelled God to come and see by their ‘singleness of purpose’.
Let us plunge in deeper.
“1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” Psalm 133.
Again observe that where there is unity, such a place is so beautiful to our Lord’s view and it is at such places He commands His blessing and life forever.
“20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Matt. 18: 20.
Coming together under the authority of Jesus guarantees His presence 100%. Unity is indispensable in the Kingdom of God.
“1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” Acts 2: 1- 4.
Oneness was the bedrock upon which the first church was founded, unity is prime.
These are but few passages where the importance of and the power in unity are brought to bear.
Unity in the Body of Christ
If unity is this imperative and indispensable in our walk of faith in God, what then does it mean to be united as the body of Christ?
Does unity in the body mean every believer must come under the leadership of one bishop, pope, apostle, reverend, prophet or pastor? The answer is a blunt NO. This has been explicitly talked on in my piece “That They May be One; Feasibility”, kindly revert to it.
Does unity mean that anytime we want to pray, we must all be praying the same words, in the same manner and posture and all addressing the same thing in prayers? The answer is also No.
I have been to meetings where we were asked to join hands and pray. Is that also unity? Well, not necessarily, it may seem like the end product of the unity but certainly not necessarily unity in itself.
Unity is explicitly defined in my next piece, still on the same subject.