“When they saw [Jesus], they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:17–20, NASB
In Christ’s resurrection, we find another reason to unite as Christians: the Great Commission.
When Christ rose from the dead and reappeared to the disciples over the course of 40 days (Acts 1:3), He left them with a simple command: go and make disciples.
Christ discipled the twelve (and others) before he died and then He discipled them some more after His resurrection. In doing so, Christ was opening up His disciples’ hearts to share His goodness with people of other nations. This meant that Christ was already showing the early church that they must be accepting of the Gentiles. Indeed, later in the book of Acts we see the inner-church battle over whether or not to accept Gentiles as Christians. It took powerful visions and interactions from God to change both Paul and Peter’s mindsets concerning the issue.
Today, some of us still struggle with who we want to become part of our church. There are some who scare us, some who repel us, and others who we see as lost causes. The church is supposed to be open to all, but often there limits to who we let in.
Consider the Great Commission today and how you can unite with other Christians to bring others into a relationship with Christ. Someone who scares or repels us may not do so to a brother or sister in Christ. We can then feed off of their energy in attempting to fulfill the Great Commission. This will help bring a multicultural demographic to your church.
In unity we have strength. Christ’s resurrection unifies us as Christians. We are all strengthened in this unity under Christ. We just have to step out to make sure we’re united and not divided.
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