Apostolic men are graced to successfully embrace people in various cultures, and wisely bring them into accord with their “sent purpose.” Most of what sets apart one body of believers from another is “culture,” and requires that same grace to successfully embrace them as brethren. Distinctive cultural differences are often cloaked in doctrine. The doctrine is “what” they believe; but the root—the “why” they believe what they believe—most often is cultural, traditionally induced culture.
It is past time for apostolic men to shed their own cultural preferences and distinctives in favor of carrying out our sent purpose. The family is “one.” And apostolic fathers are charged with the responsibility to not allow anyone or anything to breach that oneness.
I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Apostles are to equip the saints to become a royal priesthood reigning with Christ, who is the hope of glory in and among us. Apostolic men are graced with the glory that Christ has given us for our task. He prayed to our Father,
“The glory which You have given Me I have given them, that they may be one,just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
May our vision and response be increased by this insight.
I love you.