On June 16, 1858 a newly chosen republican U.S. Senate candidate by the name of Abraham Lincoln made a bold statement to his colleagues, which was not only appropriate but eternal when he said “A house divided against itself could not stand.”
It was appropriate because of the issues our nation faced at the time and it was eternal because these were the words of Christ some two thousand years earlier. If you remember, it was Jesus, long before Abraham Lincoln, who said “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)
Sometimes we forget the timeless truths proclaimed by Jesus. We forget them in our marriages. That is why divorce is at an all time high. We also forget them with our children, our jobs and even at our churches. Maybe it’s time that we remind ourselves to shift our focus on the one thing that unites us: Jesus Christ!
I am convinced that if more people focused on Christ as our common ground the divorce rate would plummet, children and parents would be reunited and churches would be bursting at the seams.
Too many times we focus on our own selfish ambition and our own vein conceit. We make our priorities our feelings instead of eternal truths. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Change is always an option. And the greatest way to bring change in your life, your family and the people around you is to stand on Jesus Christ. Let him be your common ground, the ground that you build on.