Unity in SeparationChurch & Relationships
Mark 6:7 “Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits”
Just as God brought the animals into the Ark two by two, he also sent the disciples out two by two. God values unity just as much when bringing people into the Kingdom of God as he does with sending them out with it. It is through relationships that the Kingdom of God unfolds and takes work in our lives, and God always uses relationships in bringing people to faith and living it out.
Just as God values unity and joining together, he always values and uses separation. It is something that we do not think about a lot, we assume that God wants to join everyone as one big happy family, but often is the case where God actually separates for his good purpose. God knew that Barnabas and Paul would disagree and ultimately end their ministry together, however God knew this and used this for his good.
1 Corinthians 7:15-16 “But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”
Ultimately God knows the plan and destiny of each individual, and he would not plan for any other person to hinder that. Even in the case where a non-Christian may be leaving their Christian partner, God may allow them to do so to find him. If God knows a certain relationship will hinder a persons journey of faith, God would rather break that relationship for his purpose than retain unity. To fulfill Abrahams purpose, he had to separate him from his whole extended family.
You may have separation in your life however do not assume that is always bad. It is not your responsibility to lead everyone you know to Christ, and you cannot see the plan of God at work in everyone’s life. His ways are high than your ways.