My husband and I went to see Captain America: Civil War this evening. It was a great movie, and of course, I saw a Bible study lesson. I don’t want to tell the film’s plot; suffice it to say that the enemy caused the Avengers to turn against one another.
As I sat in the theater watching the movie, I thought about how the enemy of our souls does the same thing. The enemy hates Christians, and he sows seeds of discord that cause us to view one another as enemies. We’re not enemies; we’re brothers and sisters-in-Christ. As long as we fight against each other, we lose focus on the main thing: advancing the kingdom of heaven.
We must see his tricks, which are distractions from our kingdom’s purposes. The very person you view as an enemy may be the person God desires you to work with to advance His kingdom, save His people, or combat the enemy. Imagine how much further the church could go if we worked together, encouraging and motivating each other towards works of righteousness that honor God instead of succumbing to the temptations to hate and discourage one another. Saints, working in unity is a sign of spiritual maturity.
Here are three simple tips to help us work together instead of against one another:
- Love one another; prefer and esteem another above ourselves
- Reconcile with your brother or sister
- Purposely work ministry together
If we commit to doing these three things, I promise that we will glorify God and be victorious when the enemy raises his head.