Significance and acceptance are found not in my works, but in He who works within me. All my words and service to man and religion are meaningless if not birthed from intimacy with God. And the attention I receive from such works is stolen glory.
It is only in unity with God that my life bears good fruit, for in God I find the source of all things living and eternal. My unity with man, if not birthed in Spirit, is not true unity. In fact it more like adultery.
A friend sent this quote about unity from A. W. Tozer:
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life....
In an orchestra musicians train their eyes to rest on their conductor, and only play as they are directed. So we must learn to fix our minds on things above, and look to the One who gave His life, so with his life ours shall be hidden in God (Colossians 3:2-3.) This is unity in its purest form. Selah.
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Quote from: The Pursuit of God, pp 90, by A.W. Tozer.