By Micah Bales
Web & Communications Specialist
We live in an age of isolation. Even sitting together in the same room, we live in private worlds. We stare at our personal screens, separated by our own hobbies, interests and ambitions. When we do connect, it’s often through shared consumption. We find shallow unity in products, images and ideologies: the spectacle.
We were made for something deeper. Our hearts long for a shared creativity that has the power to bind us together. We thirst for the creative Spirit to energize our lives. We have a hunger that can only be satisfied by a communion that transcends personal projects, lingering hangups and the fear of missing out.
We find true unity with one another in moments of self-forgetting creativity. Before all the arguments and criticisms come simple acts of joyful creation. We’re the spitting image of our Father when we cry out: “Let there be light!”
This is what we were made for. When we live with a heart-knowledge of our Creator — when our lives are drenched in love and wonder — the divisions that lie between us no longer divide. Disagreements become dynamic tensions that spur us to even greater acts of creativity.
In the face of all the world’s darkness, we say: “Let there be light!”
Dwelling in the beauty of this light, we submit ourselves to one another gladly. We no longer fear the power that others have over us, because we have become children of the dynamic, loving power who forged the stars. We are free to become the radiant creatures that the Father had in mind when he pulled us up from the depths and placed us on dry land. We have nothing to fear from chaos any more. The great Orderer is here.
In a culture that is shattered into warring factions, disconnected consumers and myopic interest groups, we are invited into an unexpected unity. In a world where there are many gods and many lords (1 Corinthians 8:5), we are discovering the focus and vitality that comes from serving God alone. Not our ideas about him, but Christ the substance. Not ideologies derived from words about him, but Jesus himself.
Our unity is in him. Christ in each one of us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Real unity isn’t something we achieve through the force of will. Neither a perfect Quaker process nor a flawless interpretation of the Bible can provide the organic coherence that we experience when we follow Jesus together. This energizing, equipping, connecting unity of the Holy Spirit is a reality that can never be controlled, only invited to come and dwell in our midst. This kind of unity humbles all pretenses of human authority.
Are you ready to experience true unity? Are you prepared to face your fear of chaos and isolation, following Jesus far beyond the boundaries of your own reasoning, strength and desire for control?
Let there be light!