2 Samuel 2:1-16

2 Samuel 2:1-16

2 Samuel 2:1Vintage message from February 7, 1999.

One of the things I find within the body of Christ is we end up with division amongst us because we are out of fellowship with God. We may be Christians. We may go to church. We may even read our Bible. But, just because we do things, does not necessarily mean that we are fellowshipping with God, that we’re in agreement with what God is doing. Therefore, we are not in agreement with what God wants to do in the body of Christ. And sometimes, this brings division…

One of the things that brings division to us is change. Anytime there’s something in our life that changes, it divides us… It brings turmoil… oftentimes arguing and fighting, struggling because of change… There should never be division amongst you… But you see, not everybody agrees with what God wants to do. Not everybody agrees with how things are supposed to happen… There are differences of opinion. There are people who like one thing and not another. They take matters into their own hands… And within the body of Christ, there are people — pastors, friends, neighbors — that are within our church that sometimes are doing things that we disagree with, things that we don’t understand, and you know what? We want to attack. We don’t like what they’re doing. We don’t like the changes coming. We don’t like the recommendations that they’re giving because it involves me and it means I might have to change. Someone else might want to do something differently than how I’ve always done it. Heaven forbid!… Change is tough!…

There should not be division amongst us because division brings death, and especially if we are brothers and sisters together, trained by the same book… We are led by the same Master, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But you know what? [We act like] that’s not always enough. [We] sometimes disagree. Sometimes he sees something different than I do… We allow ourself, because we are in the flesh, to come to these points of anger, but it should never happen. Paul says agree with one another so that there can be that unity… Let’s go to the Lord. You know what? We never, never have to be divided on any issue, on any subject… If you don’t agree with me, okay, don’t agree with me, but come and discuss with me… We are a body of brothers and sisters together. Once we said, yes Lord Jesus, we became part of a family, and like so often happens in families, we disagree, and fights happen, and division happens, but Paul said, don’t let it happen because division oftentimes ends up just as we read: the daggers come out and death happens. Division in the church is death…

Are you only inquiring of God “in the course of time,” when it suits you, when it’s convenient for you, when something big is happening in your life? Or are you turning to fellowship and relationship with the Lord everyday, and dwelling in your heart and your mind on what does God want me to be doing every moment of the day? That’s what stops division. That’s what stops this kind of death.

Pastor Dave Elkins