Mighty Women of Vision was birthed from a desire to see the body of Christ come together in unity in the midst of our non-essential differences. I knew the only way this could be possible would be if the family of God extended love, grace and honor towards one another in the small areas of differences and expressions of our love for God.
What exactly is unity? How do we walk with others in unity? Would it mean we would need to give up our uniqueness, personalities, freedom, choice and become a cookie cutter looking believer?
Unity is not conformity nor uniformity but diversity yet all heading in the same direction, heading toward looking more and more like JESUS and heaven bound.
Isn’t it interesting that the discrimination toward one another as brothers and sisters in Christ does not come from our essential and most important part of our faith and beliefs in who and what Jesus did for us on the cross but rather the non-essentials that have no weight or bearing as to whether we are heaven bound or not.
I realize in a church setting we need to be like minded for cohesiveness but what about a setting like Mighty Women of Vision where the purpose is to come together and break down denominational walls and differences.
I love the fact that we come together once a month knowing there will be different flavors of expressions of love toward our Abba Father which makes us all children of God. No one is trying to change anyone to think just the way they think but rather we come together to simply encourage, inspire, support, pray, worship, equip, ready the bride, strengthen, give freedom of expression; grow deeper in our relationship with Christ; find and explore our true identity in Christ; create a safe atmosphere to practice unity; strengthen the bonds of love; overlook self by honoring one another in our differences; bring hope to a hurting people who have been wounded by the systems of this world; and simply be who God made us to be . . . uniquely and wonderfully different.
Offense happens more often in the body of Christ than with people who are non-believers. Why? Non-believers are not a threat to the plans and agenda to divide the body. Let’s do everything we possibly can to thwart comprehensive plans of the enemy by doing what doesn’t come naturally and commit to joining together for a time of worship, hearing an inspirational word from a variety of speakers and gathering around a table for table talk time where friendships are kindled. Let’s not keep arms length from one another but embrace friendship with our community family in Christ.
Take time to read Ephesians 4, Romans 4, 1 Corinthians 12, 13,14 and 1 Peter 4. Notice how the epic and profound chapter of love, 1 Corinthians 13, is sandwiched between the chapters of unity. God must have known love is the principle factor of unity.
Ephesians 4:2-6, “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
I am blessed and thrilled to walk arm and arm with so many sisters in Christ and love seeing the gold and beauty in each person. We need each other more than ever. For such a time as this we have been born, placed on earth and given this appointed time of history to walk out love and unity.