The ties that binds us

The body of Christ in all her diversity and complexity, to me is still the most beautiful and unique entity on the planet. *I use the word ‘entity’ very loosely here for lack of a better word. I am willing to amend it if someone provides me with a better word*.

I grew up in a pentecostal church that was very conservative. Trousers were not allowed, ladies had to cover their hair in church etc. Even though there were quite a few things i didn’t agree with there, there is no denying the fact that i learnt a lot about Christ from there. In fact my love for sunday school came from there.

My current church is a lot more liberal in comparison. But there is also no denying the fact that it has opened my eyes to another realm of worship and studying of the word that i have never experienced.

Despite the differences in the way sunday services are held, there is equally no denying the fact that both churches are exalting the name of Jesus Christ and that both churches believe in the death, resurrection and second coming of Christ; both believe in the blood of Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. To me, these should be the ties that binds both denominations together.

Believers are one in;

Body – The fellowship of believers (the church).

Spirit – The Holy Spirit, who activates the fellowship.

Hope – That glorious future to which we are all called.

Lord – Christ, to whom we all belong.

Faith – Our singular commitment to Christ.

Baptism – The physical sign of entry into the church.

God – Who is our Father who keeps us for eternity.

There is so much division in the body of Christ today. If we filter through the noise, we will all realise that there is no need for it as we are all fighting the same battle and trying to attain one goal.

The devil is the enemy we all are fighting. Heaven is the place we all are trying to enter. The devil doesn’t want this though as it will make him loose. Instead he will do all he can to ensure that we speak against each other, tear down other denominations, focus on what they aren’t doing quite right even when we haven’t ticked all the boxes ourselves, magnify things that are not significant, and waste time discussing issues that won’t make people miss heaven. As we are talking about these minor and insignificant issues, the devil is busy perfecting his tackles to make sure that hell is overcrowded.

Have you ever wondered what the body of Christ will be like if we all focused on the tiles that binds us together? We might not all agree on everything. But if we can agree on the what matters; that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that He died to save us, that He has risen and will be back to take us His own home; we will decide to do better. Our competitor is not the other church. Neither is it the church that worships on a wednesday. The day of worship doesn’t matter. What matters is who we worship.

Can we please drop our swords and stop fighting? Can’t we see what the devil is doing? How long are we going to keep allowing him distract us with unnecessary things? Will God deny someone access to heaven because they didn’t celebrate christmas? Does that even matter?

Let’s focus on our common grounds instead of expanding on our differences. The body of Christ is one.

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. (12)

30 thoughts on “The ties that binds us

  1. So well said – “If we filter through the noise,” “the devil is busy perfecting his tackles to make sure that hell is overcrowded.” Yes, the Army of God is postponing a victory by wasting time, polishing our armor and swinging our swords at one another. :/

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  2. If you have accepted Christ as your personal Savior and have repented from sin, you have been born into the family of God. We were, as Christ said in Matthew 3, regenerated (born again). The Holy Spirit baptized you into the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

    There is only ONE Spirit and when the Spirit baptizes us into one body, He brings unity of faith. Baptism into one Spirit signifies a person’s birth and immersion into the family of God by one (Holy) Spirit. No matter whether someone is Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist etc…if they believe in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, as defined in the Bible, they have been baptized by the Spirit into one body–the Body of Christ.

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      1. I’ll be praying for you today. I like how your said God is still good because He is still good! Glad to be back. The Pearls Of Purity (an organisation I run) had her first annual conference last Saturday. I have been busy with that hence the silence here. Other than that I am fine, thanks❤️

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      2. Thanks sis. It’s great. The organisation is over 2 years old now. We were having monthly meetings in my living room for over 2 years and 2 months ago, God provided us with a space for free💃🏾! God is so great. He will grant the desires of your heart❤️

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      3. Honestly, it’s mostly self-doubt. But then when I do muster up the courage to step out I get overwhelmed by not knowing where to start then I shut down and get stuck in the paralysis of analysis.

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      4. I had a feeling that that was it. And I feel the Holy Spirit is telling me to tell you to just start. Start small. Start not knowing all. Start somewhere. Start with one person. I wrote a post on this today which you might find helpful. I will be praying for direction and boldness for you. Feel free to contact me via contact page if you need to talk❤️❤️❤️

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  3. Two things:

    1.) I just love your blog. I really do. I love the feeling of kinship I get with other Christians, sometimes. It’s really cool. I’ve never met you and I probably won’t ever get to, but if I ever did, I would love to sit with you in Sunday Service and it would feel like we’d been sisters forever. You make me smile, and you do it while praising God…which is awesome.

    2.) I call you Effie in my head. I just figured you should know that.

    3.) Okay, so it was more than two things: I agree with you. I find division in the Body so heartbreaking, and there are so many ways the Body is divided. So many. I try to focus on the unity and pray for unity and exhort for unity. It’s all I know how to do. Many hugs.

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    1. Hey sis!😁. You’re so sweet. I had a huge smile on my face as I read your comment.

      Quite a few people call me Efy (and some spell it as Effie). To be honest, I don’t mind. It’s absolutely fine. It’s the nickname my mum calls me and it reminds me of living at home😁.

      I wouldn’t mind sitting next to you too at a Sunday service. I know it might never happen. When we get to heaven, we might have to tell Jesus that we would like to be next door neighbors so we can spend a bit of time together😁.

      Focusing on what is going right is a good point. There is beauty in unity.

      God bless you sis❤️

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  4. Melina Johnson

    Jesus Christ is is the Rope, he is the cement / concrete, which connects us. we are connected by the same power. And it is such an amazing thing to know that we are not alone. Let’s celebrate. Thanks for sharing Efua. 🙏

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