I’m amazed at the things that create an instant bond between two strangers. It shows that we were created to be in relationship, that we are looking for ways to connect with others, and that it doesn’t take much to begin to form friendships.

Here are some of the things that create common bonds between people:

If you are traveling in a different state or country and hear that someone is from your  birthplace or hometown, no doubt you would approach that person and share the news that you are from the same place! An instant bond is formed!

Meeting an extended family member for the first time creates an instant bond. You are blood relatives!

We easily bond with people with similar beliefs – political or religious to name a few.

When we share a common burden for social issues (pro-life, missions, orphaned children, etc.), a common bond is formed between us.

When two people are fighting for the same cause, a bond is formed. Just look at the bond that is formed between our military personnel.

Just one of these can create a common bond between two strangers.  Imagine the bond than can occur if all five areas were realized! This is the reality for believers in Christ.

1. We have a common birth – we’ve all been born again by the Spirit
2. We have a common blood – the blood of the new covenant, the blood of Jesus, making us brothers and sisters in Christ
3.  We have a common belief – doctrines, principles, commands…everything found in God’s Word
4.  We have a common burden – a burden for the lost, a burden to make disciples
5.  We have a common battle – not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Paul writes, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Because Christ is our Head, we enjoy a common bond in Him!

The reason we see a great deal of disunity in the church is because we forget these things that bind us together, or we add to them, or take away from them.

“Rebirth doesn’t matter, we’re all God’s children!”
“The blood of Christ is an abomination to a civilized world!”
“You believe what you want, and I’ll believe what I want no matter what Scripture says!”
We have more of a burden for temporal concerns than for eternal ones.
Our battles consist of fighting for what we want, not what Christ wants.

Jesus prayed for our unity in His great high priestly prayer: “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23)

Unity in the body of Christ is a big deal because it’s meant to be a picture of the unity found in the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And when the Church is united, the world can more clearly see that Jesus was sent by God to be the only way of salvation.

Church, let us make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).