“By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.” (John13: 35)
When I was young, there was a story in the textbook, about an old
farmer and his five sons. Before the farmer died, he called his sons, gave
them each a chopstick and asked them to break it. They did it easily. Then
he gave them five chopsticks together, and none of them could break the
bunch. The farmer taught them the power of unity. But I always wandered;
did they divide the property after father’s death? I think they did in the
What is unity? Does unity means undivided? Before Jesus left the
world he used lots of time to teach his disciples about unity. His command
was to love each other. (John 13:35) This is the condition to lead people to
Christ. Love is to accept others without our own benefit. Love is patient
without keeping record of wrongs. Love is rejoicing with the truth without
boasting. Rightful relationship based on love. Hence the first element of
unity is love. A determmation to love other tills the end.
Second element of unity is faith. Jesus in his last prayer said:
“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that they world may believe that you have sent me.”
(John17:21) Believing is the first step of entering. Only we are united in
Christ and trust in his leadership, then we can have unity. Otherwise,
everyone does his own will and become farther divided.
The third element of unity is hope, a glorious hope. It is the
future result. “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
(Prov.29:18) Vision is to foresee the result and is the blue print of
goal. If a building has two different blue prints, it will never be
constructed. Jesus prayed; “Father, glorify me in your presence with the
glory I had with you before the world began.” (John17:5) The unity is to
hope to enjoy the glorious results with the Lord.
To break five chopstick will use more them five times of strength.
Because of the friction between chopsticks that causes the bonding will
increase the moment inertial of the section greatly. To have friction is not
necessary a bad thing. Only to hold on faith, hope and love will make us
more united in the Lord.