|Today’s Scripture: Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3|
|As we serve God each day, we need to have unity in Christ. We are told that we are the body of Christ. Yet, if the body is trying to go two, three, or even more different directions, it’s not going to go anywhere. Too often, we are hindered in our service because too many people are trying to go their own way.
We are told in Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” We are told to have the mind of Christ. If we all have the mind of Christ, we will all have the same goals, desires, and purposes because they will be God’s goals, desires, and purposes.
The prophet Amos was condemning the people of Israel and Judah because although God was trying to lead them, they were disobeying Him. They weren’t following what God had commanded about abstaining from idolatry, intermarriage with the pagan nations around them, etc. God confronted them that they couldn’t be walking with Him without having the same beliefs. If you are heading in the opposite direction from what God has commanded, obviously, a divide will occur and cause separation.
The people had abandoned God and His commandments. He had warned them and tried to bring them back, but now, He was going to punish them for their disobedience. If we are to walk close to God, we need to hold to what He says and go the direction He is going. Our fellowship with God will continue to grow because God will lead us, but if we stop following, the distance between God and us will increase.
This is true with every relationship we have in life. If we are not actively in fellowship, the distance will grow. Instead, we need to determine to spend time communicating with each other to keep our relationships together. God’s Word tells us that we will become like the friends we keep. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (Proverbs 13:20)
God is our friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and we need to choose to stay close to Him so that we will become more like Him. Our fellowship with God is dependent upon our adherence to what He says in His Word. If we stay close to Him, we can have the sweetest fellowship with the One Who created us in His image.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder