By Linda Maynard
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers (sisters) dwell in unity! -- Psalm 133:1
I once heard a pastor describe the physiology of the egg and its similarity to the Trinity. The egg is composed of three parts: the yolk, the white and the shell. Each part has a very specific job to fulfill, but it also is dependent upon the others to be complete. God could be described similarly – He is three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If just one of those persons is missing, however, He no longer is the One True God.
Like the egg, WOW is one group made up of several, distinct women. Each of us bring unique, God-ordained gifts, abilities and strengths to the group such that, without them, we would not be WOW. Some of us are fund-raising savvy. Some are awareness-builders. Some are visionaries. Some are functionaries. All are bound by the Spirit of God through our Savior Jesus Christ and for His glory. Successful fulfillment of our mission requires a constant appreciation of and dependence upon each other.
Our enemy knows this about our Family. He knows the power of dependence on God and His design for interdependence upon one another. We must beware then for his attacks on our unity, and we must arm ourselves fully to defend his attacks.
Warren Wiersbe describes the threat of disunity like this:
"Christians have experienced the same spiritual birth, worship the same God, declare the same gospel message, preach from the same Scriptures, and are headed for the same heavenly city, but, alas, there is often more division among us than unity! Yet all of us know that spiritual oneness in Christ (Galatians 3:26-29; Epehsians 4:1-6) is both good and pleasant. Those who truly have been born of God belong to the same family and need to love one another."
So, how do we defend ourselves from these potential attacks on our unity? Ephesians 4:1-6 is our instruction manual:
- We walk together in the manner worthy of our calling:
- We walk humbly
- We interact gently
- We wait on one another and on circumstances patiently
- We bear with each other lovingly
- We eagerly maintain the unity of the Spirit in His bond of peace
- We remember that we all are one through The One Lord, and we don’t let anyone tear apart our bond of unity.
But here is the caution: we cannot conduct ourselves in this manner apart from the Lord God Almighty. Our triumphant interactions with each other must begin with our individual interactions with God. Jesus made this imperative very clear through His statements in Matthew 6:33 and John 15:5:
“Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and HIS righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
“I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
God is our power source and the One that holds us together. As we abide in Him and seek His righteousness, He equips us with all we need to walk humbly as individuals and as unique members of His family. And as members of WOW. It is then that we can truly fulfill our mission:
In the Name of Jesus Christ and for the glory of God, WOW – Women for Oppressed Women seeks to meet the needs of women locally and around the world who are emotionally, physically or spiritually oppressed.
Father, You are the God of Unity, and you call us to all matters of unity for Your Name’s sake. We, the women of WOW, are blessed to know You as our personal Savior and as the Overseer of this group that You have formed. We ask you, Lord, to help us walk in the manner worthy of our calling: with all humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with each other lovingly and eagerly maintaining the unity of the Spirit in a bond of peace. Keep close in our memory these facts: that we all are one through The One Lord, one faith, and one baptism. Please protect us from any attempts to tear apart our bond of unity. Empower us, instead, to join our unique designs into one cohesive bond in order to carry out Your assignments for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.