I love what Mark Hall, the lead singer for Casting Crowns says about the meaning of “City On The Hill.” Basically, he is saying that God can only work unity in our city if we allow Him to do it with each one of us individually regardless of our differences, including differences in personalities. It is a TEST as we learn to work through our differences while displaying the fruit of the Spirit and exercising the gifts of the Spirit.
Casting Crowns: Behind the Song “City On The Hill”
“Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all… speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:3-6; 15 – 16, NKJV).
The body of Christ grows because every part does its share. When each does its share it causes growth; not just numerically, but spiritually. Every part does its share and every joint supplies! What’s a joint? A joint is where two parts come together. Listen very, very carefully. The best way you could help the body of Christ is not do your own thing, but join with someone else (partnership) and let a joint form, and the joint then nourishes the body. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
The greater our unity the greater our impact.