Those of you who read my blog regularly know my daughter is on a 2,650-mile trek from Mexico to Canada on what is called the Pacific Crest Trail. While on the five-and-half-month journey hikers form “trail families”—like-minded people who hike at approximately the same pace and end up hiking together through some very difficult terrain. Recently the terrain got even harder for my daughter’s group, with the incredible snow pack we’ve had this year. But they keep going. There’s a unity that is formed within these small groups that keeps them pushing forward—even though it’s difficult and uncomfortable, even as they get wet in the rain and the snow becomes slushy and unstable, making it hard to walk.
So why do they keep going? What keeps them focused? The answer is they have one goal: get to Canada. They’ll do everything it takes, because of that one goal. They’re pressing toward the mark like Paul says. There is a huge spiritual connection to this; that unity is important, and it’s actually required for us to minister in ways that are important. We keep our eyes on the prize and the prize is that this world is not our home and that there will be a new life for us, an eternal life, a gift of God that comes in an amazing way.
I see disunity in churches and in ministries because there’s not a common focus. Like Proverbs says, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” They perish because of ambiguity and no clear goal in mind. My encouragement to you is to press toward the mark—and the mark is to know Jesus Christ in an intimate way, to walk with Him in power, to let Him know your heart and give the Spirit of God free reign to do with you what He wants.