I’ve truly been growing in my love of the Church.
I don’t mean ‘church’ in the traditional sense that a single congregation meets in a building together on a Sunday. I mean the Church, in its many facets; Protestant, Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox.
These beautiful groups of people are collectively Christ’s bride and gather together cross-culturally, under different traditions, and with one purpose, to lift high the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit as Lord.
Jesus prayed a beautiful intercessory prayer to the Father regarding us who live for Him in John 17:21-23:
… they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
This prayer of Christ has been imbuing in my heart for some time.
Despite theological differences of denominations (which I’m well aware) and a rocky church history (which plays out more like a squabbling family) our unity is not essentially for the benefit of the church.
We should desire and pray to be one in unity and truth so that the world may seek Christ and the Gospel. We are refractions of His light.
As Food for the Hungry (FH) works to unite churches by supporting and educating church leaders—great changes occur as they help meet the needs of their community. FH also helps pastors get biblical training, so they can teach God’s Word with power and accuracy.
As American churches partner with FH community churches, transformation happens on both ends. By bringing Christians together around the world, we are helping to end suffering and spreading the love of Christ.
So my prayer for you, and for Christians everywhere, would be one of unity, and that this big family of ours would encourage and delight you as well. Let us serve well together and love those around us, so that we may mirror the early church.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” (Acts 4:32)
You can join a group of Christians working to end poverty in Christ’s name by partnering today with FH. Together, we can truly help end poverty worldwide.
Andie Miller is a recent college graduate that studied theology and is currently interested in finding solutions to end poverty worldwide.