Who is the most radical person you know? I once knew a man who was constantly trying to convince people that he and they should quit their jobs, sell everything they have, and just do evangelism all day, everyday. This was his idea of radical. This was his idea of what he thought Jesus meant when he told the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Jesus (Matthew 19:16-22). This was what he thought Jesus’ point was when he told the story of the rich fool who built new store houses to store up all his grain for himself to live on for years to come (Luke 12:13-20). My friend also believed the other way you could be radical for Jesus was to become a missionary. More
Whether you are a member of a local church or a cross-cultural missionary, we all must hold to one essential truth from the Word of God. The truth is that we must be a unified body of believers. This holds true if we are a church member in America or if we are 10,000 miles away working on a church planting team in the jungles.
We can see from the book of Ephesians and especially from Ephesians chapter 4:1-16 that the Apostle Paul is very concerned about the unity of the church. As Christians, we must be unified because unity is one of the outward ways in which we demonstrate Christ to the lost world. If we are disunifed and fighting with one another, the lost world will see the wrong picture of Christ. We can see from several passages in the Bible that we serve a unified triune God. As His image-bearers we must try to replicate this unity as best we can. More