1 Corinthians 1:10: “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”

Have you ever pictured the Trinity as a hierarchy? I know I have. We tend to think in these lines since this is what we’re familiar with; and so we have trouble understanding how God operates. While God is everywhere and knows everything and potentially could run and rule every tiny little detail of His creation, He refrains from doing so. It’s very characteristic of God to delegate. A prominent example: His hands-off approach with planet Earth. He gave humans this planet as an assignment and made them chief administrators (Genesis 1:28):

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Members of God’s kingdom see themselves as caretakers of this planet, not owners – ruling out human greed, the seedbed of many wars and conflicts.

While human civilizations have been largely institutionalized, by contrast Heaven is not, which is why Church does not work very well as an institution. Church is best represented by believers focused on loving God and people. Throughout history, human institutions have repeatedly failed, especially in the area of unity. God’s concept of peace on the other hand took on flesh and blood with the arrival of the Prince of Peace, Jesus. He preached in His sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:9):

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Here is some exciting news: By pursuing peace God’s kingdom begins to form and establish wherever we go. That is why being a peacemaker is so powerful. For the same reasons, Paul wrote a letter to his Greek friends and asked them to avoid division; God knows, living by this code profoundly impacts the world we live in and ushers in the Kingdom to come!

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