• Michelle Burkhardt

Door of Unity


My posts in this blog have a way of coming back to haunt me. To explain, in a previous post, I wrote, “Three Times a Charm” and described how God has a way of grabbing my attention-not once, or twice; but three times. I described how He wanted me to recognize that everything I say and do should bring Him glory. Some people may only need one tap-on-the-shoulder from the Holy Spirit; however, I think He sends me messages in three because I choose to ignore the first two.


In a similar manner to bringing God glory, He has clearly revealed the word, “Unity” to me. First, while leading an online women’s Bible study, one of the themes woven into this Ephesians’ study was Unity. Next, I received a daily devotional via email from Our Daily Bread and SURPRISE-the title was “Unity”. Finally, the sermon by Mike Bowden at Living Water CC a few weekends ago was entitled, “Unity in the Family” (specifically the church family). These Holy Spirit subliminal hints were all received within a few days of each other.


If I am honest, I believe this is an area where I tend to struggle. Hence, in His loving way, God has shown me this truth. To explain, my instinct is to fight back when someone tells me that I must do something or that I cannot do something. In my stubbornness, I will sometimes dig my heals into the ground, thus, creating disunity. Even if I do not say anything, my thoughts are completely “checked out”, and I have already boarded the boat to separation.


Thankfully, I am a work in progress, and My Lord and Savior is patient with me. He helped me recognize at least one-step that I could take towards unity on a particular issue that crossed my path. I will admit, I was not keen on following through and obeying; however, I know that I cannot continue on the path of disunity for any hindrance will slow down my spiritual growth. Interestingly, taking the first step helped me to see the next step, and the peace I felt was undeniable. I once heard a Christian speaker (I believe it was Joyce Meyer) say that when we take the first step of obedience, God reveals the next.


Oddly, it reminds me of the song from Santa Claus is Comin to Town:

“Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor Put one foot in front of the other And soon you'll be walking out the door”.


Although my obedience is excuted through baby steps, with the Holy Spirit’s support, I know I will walk through the “Door of Unity” in both my thoughts and actions.


Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!


Colossians 3:13-14 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the LORD forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


Resources:

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OORsz2d1H7s

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