During our 50 Days of Prayer, we have been believing God for an unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s person, presence, power and provision. We have been getting ready for revival, to be a people who are fully alive in the Spirit, all day—every day.
Each week, we have been focusing on keys to revival. We have referred to these as forerunners for fullness—a move of God’s Spirit that is released and remains.
This week, on Pentecost Sunday, we are focusing on unity as another key to seeing an ongoing habitation of God in the Spirit. Again, we will answer three key questions: What is unity? Why is unity important? How do we walk in unity? For as unity made way for fullness on the Day of Pentecost, so it makes a way for fullness for us today.
A Story of Unity 120 faithful followers of the resurrected Jesus gathered in a large upper room to worship and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit’s person and power—His force and fullness. For ten days these believers prayed and praised in one accord—engaged in the same faith, fellowship and focus. They were gathered by grace as a cohesive community in Christ Jesus (Acts 1:14; 2:1-4).
On the Day of Pentecost, the holy moment arrived. The Holy Spirit was poured out in abundance on a people who were partnered in agreement. The release and realization came as a reward for their unified passionate faith and prayerful expectation. Because 120 disciples made room for and received one another in the Lord Jesus and His will and purposes, they positioned themselves for an outpouring that empowered them individually and collectively.
Their common experience and expression of Holy Spirit fullness had a tremendous impact on the multitudes of people gathered for the Feast of Pentecost. Their unified manifestation of praise, prophecy and proclamation arrested the attention of all, leading to many coming to faith in the full gospel of Jesus Christ. And the unity of heart, mind and purpose they modeled became the manner in which the early church loved and lived.
What is unity? Unity is being of the same mind and mission—the same pursuit and passion. It is a singleness of drive and direction. This is what we see in the 120 gathered in the upper room. They were in one accord—engaged in the same faith, fellowship and focus. The unity that believers are to relate to one another in and by is the unity of the Spirit—a unity produced by and provided by the Holy Spirit in each one (Eph. 4:1-6). According to the Apostle Paul, we neither produce or provide unity, but rather protect and preserve it, as we humble ourselves before God and one another.
Why is unity important? As we have said before, Jesus was the Christ in a body. All authority and power resided in Him as He lived in complete and unbroken unity with the Father and the Spirit. We are the body of Christ and members of one another, individually and corporately. The only way that we can see all spiritual authority and power released is as we remain in unbroken fellowship, friendship and functional unity. No one of us is as gifted as all of us together. It is going to take the whole church preaching the whole gospel to reach the whole world.
How do we walk in unity? Stay submitted to the person and work of the Holy Spirit who produces and provides spiritual unity. Seek to protect and preserve unity through humility, honor and love for the work of the Spirit in and among Christ’s church. Have a deep respect for the work of the Holy Spirit in every believer, church and movement that seeks to live for the glory of God and the good of man. Pursue passionately the purpose and power of God’s people coming together in a common kingdom cause. Commit to multiplying covenantal communities that exalt Christ and advance His redemptive rule and righteousness.
Remember: When we seek to guard and give ourselves to the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, we open the door for divine spiritual visitation that then becomes an ongoing habitation of God’s grace, greatness and glory.