Persevering in Unity for the Sake of the Gospel

by Andrew Palau

Everything we do at the Palau team is meant to inspire and encourage people to take on their role in God’s mission. Unifying the Church is something we are eager to see happen, which is why it’s one of the three focuses in our vision as an organization.

Paul focuses on this unity in Ephesians 4:1-3:

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Meditate on those words for a moment.

“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…”

“With ALL humility and gentleness…”

“Bearing with one another IN LOVE…”

“EAGER to maintain the unity of the Spirit IN THE BOND OF PEACE…”

The beautiful results of unity are from dedication. It takes work.

We should all have a heavy heart and focus to unify people around the gospel. Here are three reasons why unity is important:

  1. Because we’re biblically called to unity.

You read it. We are to “make every effort” to preserve the unity of believers.

Our human instincts may want to go against it. God knows it’s not natural for us, but as we fight our flesh of pride and selfishness, we will gain more than we would have alone.

Paul reminds us throughout Ephesians 4 that we are to be completely humble. We ought to be gentle and not only put up with one another, but bear with one another in love! We all know what it’s like to bear with one another in sighs, but God calls us to bear with one another in love and complete humility. Let’s have a genuine love for each other even when unity isn’t coming easy.

The more truly humble we are, the more victory we see.

  1. Because unity is strategic.

The strategy of unity is for our end goal, which Jesus explains in John 17:22:

The glory that You have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

God does the best work through us when we are unified.

  1. Because so many have suffered for it.

Paul was imprisoned “for the sake of you Gentiles” (Eph. 3:1). Acts 21 informs us how Paul was imprisoned for preaching equality of Gentiles and Jews. He knew and proclaimed then what we know and proclaim now, one Body of believers.

Paul was willing to pay any price because he believed strongly that Gentiles were full members of the Body of Christ while also striving for complete unity among all believers.

  1. Christ died for it.

Jesus’ final moments in prayer focused around the unity of those who called themselves His. Jesus wants us to be unified and totally in tune with another. We ought to be brought together as a new man, like one body, one entity, so in tune with its other parts that everybody can see it’s at peace. We ought to be so unified and operationally aware of what’s going on and full of faith that even when we don’t understand, we can persevere and joyfully do our part.

The more we can genuinely say we are dwelling together unity, the more the marks of peace will be undeniable to the world. Those are the kind of things we are seeing in Portland and all around the world. Peace and unity among believers leads to authority and radical blessing in the proclamation of the gospel.

Preserve the spirit of unity. Keep it up. It’s worth it.

Andrew Palau (@andrew_palau) is an evangelist with the Luis Palau Association. He has shared the gospel with millions of people, and at every opportunity he demonstrates his father’s same passion and love for Christ and for evangelism.