Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same [tuning] fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. ~ A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God (1948), p. 97

I love this quote. So often it seems that churches focus on preaching unity, as if by saying “Come on people, be unified!!!!”, everyone will join hands and be one happy family.

The reality is that true unity is a beautiful by-product of whole-hearted devotion to Christ. If every believer would truly seek to draw nearer to Christ in obedience and faith, it would automatically happen. We would all be unified. Done.

So let’s be careful to not  preach UNITY…let’s preach Christ, and let’s each set our eyes firmly upon Him, seeking to obey him faithfully and carefully.

Unity will follow.

I love that. 🙂

Just something that’s been on my mind for the last few weeks!


4 responses to “Unity

  1. So true. Actually, this reminded me of something Jon Engen said at a KTIS summer outdoor concert about 6 years ago. As everything was winding down and people were getting ready to leave, he reminded people to be kind and patient, saying, “Don’t act like Christians; act Christ-like.” There’s something about focusing on Christ — everything else in our conduct seems to fall into place!

  2. Right on!

  3. Thanks for sharing that, it is a great quote!

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