United in Mission

Luke 12:49-53
Eph 3: 14-21 / Psa 33

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
(Luke 12:49)

There will always be division
Even among Christ’s followers,
Unless we are one in mission
In our household of believers.

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:49-53)

Reflection

Our Lord was tormented in spirit, not only because as God He knew the baptism of fire that He would soon undergo in Calvary, but because many would still not be saved in spite of His supreme sacrifices due to their lack of repentance. “But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! (Lk.12:50)

God’s Herald of peace and love, Whom Isaiah prophesied would bring about a time when “the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6), must first “set the earth on fire” so that mankind would be jolted by the reality of their sins and driven to remorse and repentance.

How true the words of our Lord are when we come to consider so many broken families because of the absence of unity and purpose, and even diversity of faith and religion. Human love alone is never enough to hold a family together. It may be cliche’, but it is undeniable that the family that prays together stays together.

It may be the same problem in our household of believers, the praying community where we belong. The enemy can wreak enmity within our ranks if there is no unity of vision and mission. Or we may be clear in our vision for the future, but most of us are not supporting the mission of our brotherhood. Resources and energies of even the most committed can be dissipated when only a few are involved in the ministry to spread God’s Word to others. As members of the flock, we are all called upon to share not only our resources, but our time and effort as well in inviting others to the renewal. What is the use of being a member if one does not have a sense of mission?

Lord, may the fire that You speak of today blaze in our hearts, that as Your followers we too may be driven by a spirit of mission to bring others to Your flock. Amen.

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