• Lori Somerville

Walking in unity with other people is not easy. Different personalities, different giftings, different likes and dislikes, introverts, extroverts, how in the world do you get all these differences to come together and be unified? HOW?

But the answer is incredibly simple.

I don’t. You don’t. We don’t.

If you are walking in unity with God

Then unity with others is the natural result.

You don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to do anything.

I have been blessed to sit at the feet of some incredible women who taught me that when I am disturbed by something that someone else does I need to look within and ask God to show me what their behavior is triggering in me. I don’t need to fix them. I don’t need to know what God is trying to work out in them…….

In other words, I don’t have to like everything that you do or say to walk in unity with you. You don’t have to like everything that I do or say to walk in unity with me. It’s possible for us to not always agree with each other and still walk in unity.

We can, as the church, learn to love each other’s differences – to celebrate them even & to walk in unity together to where God is taking us.

Unity does not mean all alike. That is not God’s plan. We are all a part of God’s family. He is the head. We are his children. We are called to take up our places shoulder to shoulder with Jesus. No position is more important than another. Each one of us in all our differentness are called to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth. We need each other.

The world has it all wrong…….we can disagree and be in unity. We can have different ideas and be in unity. We can be called to move in totally different directions and still be in unity………………as long as we choose to walk together under the banners of love, grace and honor.

As long as God is the one we unite around.

If we will return our gaze to God.

If we will take care of our own hearts.

God will do the rest.

Psalm 133

1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity

Look around you – at the world we find ourselves in – this world needs unity more than ever before. It needs the church to stand up and show the world that living in unity with one another is possible.

Unity always precedes revival.

And our world desperately needs revival. Honestly, I think the church does too.

I’m all in. I hope you will be too.

We need to get this unity thing

Because if we as “the church” are going to impact our community we have to get a hold of how important unity is.

We have to be willing as individuals to choose unity over our own comfort, over our own desires.

It’s easy to “walk in unity” with someone who thinks just like you do – but what about the guy down the street who doesn’t agree with anything you do. Can you walk in unity with him?

  • Lori Somerville

We talk an awful lot about the walk of a Chrisitan, but what does that really mean?

The word walk refers to our entire way of life, and it has several concepts imbedded in it.

First, it implies a destination: you must point your life toward the will and glory of God. If any of you have tried teaching a child to ride a bike lately you will understand what I am trying to get at here. You will go where you point your eyes.........if you point your eyes at the ditch on the side of the guessed it. You will find yourself spending time in the ditch. Are your eyes focused on things eternal or worldly?

Second, it implies dependence: when you walk you place one foot in front of the other, putting all of your weight on that foot for that step. You must rest all of the weight of your soul on God's power, not your own. God is always big enough to bear the weight of each step He is urging you to take. Who is leading in your walk - you or God?

Third, walking implies dedication. You must continually take steps to reach your destination. We must perpetually call on God to do what we cannot do alone. As a child learning to get around we often have to learn to crawl before we can walk before we can run. As an adult we forget how many times we had to fall down and get back up when learning how to walk on our own. Our victory is born out of every fall we take and then get back up and take another step. Are you all in? Are you committed to get to where God wants to take you?

As Christians, the way that we walk out our growing faith in Christ is a witness to everyone around us. Some days we may be a shining example of what a Christian is and other days we may fall into the category of being a good example of a bad example. Our walk will never be perfect but if we focus on the destination that awaits us, we will find that every step in the journey was worth it.

Father God, does my walk point to you? Because I want it to. I will always use my words to tell people about you but help me walk in a way that sometimes I don't even need to use my words. I want my life to glorify you while I am here. Amen.

  • Lori Somerville

The king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval . . . So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen.” Esther 2:17 (NIV)

God doesn’t just want to use your gifts. He wants to use your limitations, too. What? Yes, he has a plan for all of you. We have a phrase we like to use a lot - God can use your most broken places to heal someone else. There is nothing in you or about you that God can't use for His Kingdome! Take a look at Esther, for example. She had several big limitations that made her perfect for the role God wanted her to fulfill. She was an orphan adopted by Mordecai; she was a minority, a Jew living in a Persian country; and she was a single woman.

A single woman in a male-dominated society had zero rights. But God used all of these things to help her fulfill her destiny. Sometimes what looks like a disaster in your life is part of a much bigger plan. Esther could have just said, “If only I hadn’t been chosen . . . If only I had a better education . . . If only I was more like someone else.” A lot of people do that. They live their lives in resentment, always looking at people’s successes and saying, “Well it must be nice to be like them.” If you have that attitude, you will never fulfill God’s calling on your life. You must realize that the unpleasant obstacles in your life are often God-ordained opportunities to make a difference.

We develop this outlook when we compare our broken insides to someone else's outsides. That person who seems to have it all: successful career, good marriage, well-behaved children, perfect house, etc----you don't know what they have walked through to end up where they are today. You only see the outside stuff. And the truth is - It’s hard to see that when you’re in pain. Look at Job. He was the wealthiest man in the world, and then one day God allowed everything to be taken from him— his family, wealth, and health. And when Job started questioning God, God was silent. Job said, “I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed. But he knows where I am going . . . Once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does. So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny” (Job 23:9-10, 13-14 NLT). We’re living in uncertain times, and you may not be able to figure everything out. But God knows what’s going on. The pleasures and pains, the opportunities and obstacles—God can use it all.

We'd love to partner with you to help you discover your healing and the plan that God has for using your pain and disappointment to bring healing to someone else. God's plan for your life includes it all - the wonderful gifts inside of you and the pain and despration you may be feeling right now. He never wastes a hurt. Invite God today to turn your pain and brokenness into someone else's healing balm.