Our world is divided, but our faith in Jesus unites us. I believe that we have the opportunity to set an example to those we encounter by loving like Jesus and not allowing our differences to distract us from our faith in Him.
In 1 Corinthians 1:10, Paul reminds us “to live in harmony with each other, and let there be no divisions in the church.” He urged the Corinthians and us today to “be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”
In life, there are many methods to accomplish our shared purpose as God’s children; but as humans, we often act as if our method is the only right way to accomplish a goal. I believe we must consider what battles are worth dying over a hill for and when we might be able to set aside our differences and live in unity. I’m not saying that we should ever compromise on our convictions, we should not! What I am encouraging is that we should avoid allowing trivial or procedural differences to divide us, because all that does is paint an inaccurate picture of Jesus to our world.
Whether we want to or not, we represent Jesus to those around us and have the opportunity to lead with our lives in either positive or negative ways. It’s my prayer that every aspect of our lives may be focused on Christ’s mission, so that as Adventist young professionals, we may be of one mind, united in thought and purpose with brave hearts for Jesus.