Community: Why Me? | Psalm 133:1-3
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
The community of believers is made up of different ages and stages of life. We come from different backgrounds and experiences. We have different gifts and passion. And all of us come with a different set of expectations. So when unity takes place, it is beautiful picture.
Unity is unique. We live in a world divided over issues, ranging from politics to economics to morality. Real unity is unique. The Psalmist likens it to the anointing of the high priest with oil poured over his head and running down on the collar of his robes. That scene didn't happen often. Neither does real unity.
Unity is refreshing. Like the morning dew on Mt. Hermon refreshed the vegetation, so real unity refreshes the community of believers.
A healthy community does not focus on its differences. Rather, our focus is on the One we have in common--Jesus Christ. Our Savior is the reason for our unity. "How good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) live together in unity!" How good and pleasant it is when the church focuses on Jesus!
Heavenly Father, there are many things that can keep us divided. By your Spirit keep us united and focused on your Son. We pray in his name. Amen.