Daily Dose, May 7 — Early Believers

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

I remember watching children playing soccer. It was a beautiful day; parents and grandparents lined the field. The kids were around 5 or 6. Most of them got the idea of the game, the purpose of the team and their place on the team. There was one little guy who wasn’t of the same mind as his teammates. They were all on the field playing against another team. They were running hard, trying as hard as they could to move the ball toward the goal and get it past the goalie -- all but this one little guy who was much more interested in the sky, clouds, butterflies and insects. His mind wasn’t with his team. Paul encourages believers to be united, to be a part of a team, with one goal in mind: To follow Christ and to share the love of Christ with everyone. Paul includes a clear warning about the danger of division among believers. Over and over again, he writes about the harm division does to the body of Christ.

“…But that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.”

Don’t be like the little boy who is off doing his own thing, totally ignoring the team. Rather, unite with the team and strive towards the goal -- sharing the love of Jesus with every man, woman, boy and girl. --Rev. Terri Henkel