In First Peter we are called “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9). We are, collectively, the people of God. Too many Christians want to operate irrespective of the Body of Christ. We must realize that it is not about ‘me’, but it’s about the Kingdom and how ‘I’, as an individual, represent it.
There is something in unity that God expects us to walk in. We believe in the unity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And when God created man, He created them (male and female) in their (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) image (Genesis 1:26). Adam on his own could not fulfil the need of representing God accurately. Therefore, God created male and female to function in unity, and as a unit reflect His image.
The church is supposed to function in the same way, operating as a unit, collectively being a representation of what God wants on the earth. Each one of us, as Christians, are representing the collective. When the world points a finger at Christianity, they don’t point a finger at an individual, but at the collective. We must be conscious of the collective Body of Christ in every step we take.
Too many want the Kingdom without the cross. But Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). The cross means we ‘die to self’ and we step into the identity of the collective.