How Does Disunity Affect You?
When Nehemiah, living among the Jewish exiles, heard of the condition of Jerusalem and its temple, he “sat down and wept and mourned for days.” The fallen condition of the temple thrust him into an extended position of “fasting and praying before the God of heaven” (Neh. 1:4). The modern Jews also weep as they face the Wailing Wall, lamenting over the ruins of their temple. Paul mourned when he saw the ruined condition in Corinth. He said, “For I am afraid … that perhaps there may be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned” (2 Cor. 12:20–21). Jesus Himself wept over the divisions of Jerusalem, lamenting, “How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling” (Matt. 23:37).
This mourning concerning the disunified condition of the Father’s house ought to be in our hearts as well. Yet, for most of us, not only have we failed to mourn our situation, but also we have not even grasped that our disunity, jealousy and strife are a fallen state! How far we have fallen, and how little we know it!
While the redemption of man was always motivating Jesus, remember, His most ardent desire was His zeal for His Father’s house; He was consumed with it (John 2:17). Building the house of God – the born-again, praying, loving, citywide church – is still Christ’s highest priority. The world is His harvest; the church is His bride. His love for the church was the basis of His last recorded prayer: that we would be one. It is still His highest passion today. For until we are united in Him and one with one another, our testimony lacks credibility. The world will not believe that God has sent Christ if our lives are splintered with the same divisions that infect the world (John 17:20–23).