UNITED

How many times a day do we use the word “united”? As for me that is not very often, but perhaps it should be. Usually when I think of the “United States” or the phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” are the only times I even think about that word. Today, that should change. Today, that should become a word we use daily. Yes, daily.

What does the word mean? The dictionary defines it as; made into or caused to act as a single entity. Think about that, to act as a single entity. Not different parts, but a singular thing. And that thing has a common cause or purpose. So, the question is why should we think of this word on a daily basis. Scripture gives us the answer to this question. Romans 6:5 states, if we have been untied with Christ in a death like His, we will certainly be also united with Him in a resurrection like His. We are united with Christ. As a believer, this is not a hope or a wish, this is a fact. It is not “someday, I hope to be”, this is a truth that happens at our salvation. At the moment we accepted God’s gift of grace and salvation, we became united with Christ. Think about the definition, we became one entity with Christ. Christ in us, just as we are in Christ. Again, as a believer, we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Daily, we need to focus on this truth, that now and forever more, we are united with Christ. We have the assurance that He will never leave us, that His union with us is eternal. So, just as His union with us is eternal, it is most certainly in the moment. When we are feeling less than Christ-like, His union with us is not diminished. The relationship is not “less than”. We are still united with Him. The United States endured a Civil War. When the states acted no longer a singular entity. It was a horrible period in our history. Sometimes, we approach our relationship with Christ in that manner. That because of our sin we are no longer in union with God. The truth is, we are not in harmony with Him, but our union is not in jeopardy. In fact, at the moments when we are tempted, or most importantly when we find ourselves in the midst of our sin, it is crucial that we remember this union, this bond we have with Christ. Conviction by the Holy Spirit draws us back to the harmony we need. Remember, just as we are united with Him in life, also we were united with Him in His death. We are dead to sin. It no longer has any power over us. We may choose to sin, but it no longer has control over us. It is the fact that we are united with Him in the resurrection of life that gives us authority over that sin. We must exercise that authority and we can only do that in Christ. In fact, it is because we are united with Him, we have power over sin and death.

Today, at the moment we feel alone, the moment we feel the pull of the world, the moment we feel that we are powerless over the temptation that is before us…we must focus on the fact, the truth that we are united with Christ. We are a singular entity with the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the almighty God, the wonderful Counselor. In Him, we have the power to overcome the world.

if we have been untied with Christ in a death like His, we will certainly be also united with Him in a resurrection like His.  – Romans 6:5

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