Faith is a remarkable place. It is filled with people who are ready to serve. We have folks who water the flowers and folks who care for the garden, folks who mow the grass. We have folks who usher and others who take care of our financial records. We have folks who work in the kitchen, others who prepare communion, still others who volunteer to teach or serve the youth and it goes on and on and on. Other churches ask how we do so much in a church the size of ours without more paid staff. I tell them the truth, this is a church that enjoys caring for one another.
One of the reasons that we have such a record of growth is that we rarely fuss with each other. I am sure that there has been disagreements in the 9 years that I have been here, but I don't remember a single time that someone left the church because of a disagreement. I remember a number of times when some of you have reached out in concern to help soothe some tender feelings and helped to preserve the precious relationship that should always be in the Body of Christ that we call the church. We seem to have pretty good unity of purpose and that binds us together and allows us to talk through our disagreements and to ignore some of the inconsequential quirks of our various personalities. Those quirks are not important when we are trying to blend our gifts and talents into the church.
Paul taught constantly about unity of the Body, Jesus prayed for unity and God created us to be one with the Father. Unity is a testimony to the centrality of our love of God and for each other. It is an indication that we are being obedient to the commands of love that were given us by God himself. When we are fussin', fuedin' and fightin' we are not living like God has called us to. Make peace with one another and love with a pure heart. Do not go to bed at night if there is something that separates you from your brother or sister. God calls us to be instruments of his love.
"How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity!" (psalm 133:1)