What’s the Purpose?

There are times at Church when you hear a lesson, or even just a principle from a lesson, that just clicks. That happened to me today.

The lesson was about unity, and being unified. The discussion was terrific, and great insights were offered.  Here is what came to mind, and what clicked for me…

The whole purpose of the Church is to unify. Unify us as members, unify us with our families, unify us with God. This is the way it’s been since the primitive Church.

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” -Ephesians 4:11-14

Achieving unity is a process. Such a process should begin in the walls of our homes. Using the resources around us (church, scriptures, prayer, etc.) we can strive to become perfectly unified in all that we do, with everyone around us, thus fulfilling the purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We must remember, however, that Christ is the keystone in this process. Without Christ, this desire is impossible.

“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us…” -John 17:21

We must, out of necessity, include the Savior in our practice of becoming unified. We can study his gospel together, pray together in His name, and strive to live as He did.

As true disciples we will strive to be unified in our relationships with our friends, family, and our Savior and Heavenly Father. As we do so we will notice significant differences in the quality of our lives.

 

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