Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We . . . will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this.  — Abraham Lincoln

Raindrops of conflict sprinkled about the country as its leaders sought to propose a solution to the issue of slavery. The pitter-patter soon swelled into a torrential downpour. Fighting broke out. People took sides, and the Civil War began. But one leader fought to preserve unity.

We owe much to President Abraham Lincoln. He abolished slavery and unified our broken nation. We owe even more to Jesus Christ. His death and shed blood abolished our slavery to sin and unified us as one body. The church is a unique and diverse entity—we come from different backgrounds, have varied interests, preferences, and ideas. How can such a diverse body have unity? It takes vision.

Our Savior imparted His vision in Mark 16:15—take the gospel to the world. This vision should direct our lives and ministries. If we stay true to our vision, we will have unity. If we concentrate on our differences, we will have discord. Strive to live out the Savior’s vision today.

Jesus Christ did not say, “Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.” . . . [The gospel] is directly opposed to the world. —C.S. Lewis

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.