Three Cords of Robust Unity (Part 2)
Do you want to be alone in the universe? Live for your own glory.
To be most alone is to live for your own glory. Why? Because no one else lives for your glory. No one else shares that goal. To seek your own glory is to be alone in the universe because your glory is sought by nothing and no one else. Self-glory is a solitary pursuit.
A world full of self-glory seekers makes for a fractured world. It is a world of people going in different directions because they have different goals. This makes for “glory collisions”—and glory collisions lead to conflict. And conflict leads to division when we are dedicated to our own glory.
Solitary pursuits bring division in a secular atmosphere, but what hope does the church have for unity? The first cord of robust unity is unity under the truth: pure doctrine unifies a pure church. The second cord is unity through a singular goal. God’s people can have a singular goal only when our goal is the glory of God alone. This means we must cast off every vain pursuit of self-glory, forsaking it all for the glory of “the God of gods and the Lord of lords” (Deut 10:17).
That battle cry sounds agreeable, but here’s where it proves itself in your life: nitty-gritty, day-to-day, flesh-denying obedience. Obedience when we’re alone and obedience when we’re with fellow sinners. Obedience in our actions and obedience in the meditations of our hearts. This glorifies God! But a telltale indication of self-glory is the thought that we’re irreplaceable. The reality is that we’re all expendable for the kingdom. It is about Him, after all, not you.
“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 15:5–6). Believers have profound unity as we share the singular goal of glorifying God.
To God alone be the glory!
Whitney Oxford is a graduate of The Expositors Seminary and serves as a lay leader at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, FL.