FINALLY . . . the devil was going out of business! The tools of his trade were being auctioned off to the highest bidder. On the day of the big event, all his instruments of evil were attractively displayed. There was Jealousy, Hatred, Deception, Discouragement, Sensuality, Pride, and Idolatry. Each tool was marked with its starting bid. At the far end of the display sat a harmless looking, but well-used wedge. It was a simple machine, but it carried a price higher than any of the other tools.
"What is that?" someone asked, pointing to the wedge. "Oh, that one . . . that is Division," came the devil's reply. The inquisitive shopper took no time to raise the obvious question: "And why is its price so high? It is plain to see that it is more worn than all the other tools."
"Because," replied the evil one, "it is my most useful tool. All I need to do is find a little crack in a marriage, among classmates, within a family, in a business, or inside a church and I can drive them apart."
The little wedge was priced so high that no one could buy it. The tool was never sold and the devil went back to doing what he does best -- deceiving and dividing God's people.
How different the ministry of Jesus is! On the way to Gethsemane Jesus prayed for his disciples:I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21 ESV)
We can be certain that the devil will work to divide us, but we know that our Lord wants to unite us. Today, because the evil one is still in business, follow the example of Jesus and pray for unity of God's people . . . in your marriage, among your classmates, within your family, in your business, and most definitely inside your church.