The God we serve is a God of unity who desires that His church live in unity and harmony built on the foundation that is Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who draws us together and the power of the Holy Spirit that make our bond stronger.Churches today have a lot of values. Some churches value doctrine, political correctness, events, programmes, social responsibility or discipleship. And it's not that these things are not important, but God declares that in His kingdom, nothing is as important as being united in love.
God calls the church to be a vibrant and powerful one that bears much fruit and the way we do that is by working together in perfect unity, not in perfect doctrine, perfect systems, perfect worship services or perfect leadership. That's why we are likened to a body - because what gets things done is unity in diversity. 1 Corinthians 12:12 says, "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ."
God stands and affirms the power of unity in getting things done. In Genesis 11:6 the Lord spoke of the power of the people of Babel saying, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them."
These people were united for the wrong reasons, and yet God acknowledged what ability they had. Imagine what we can do if we are united for the right reasons. That's why the first thing that God did upon the establishment of the early church was give people a united language. In Acts 2:8-11, the Holy Spirit empowered the believers to once again speak the same language:
"And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."
Unity is vital to building strong and vibrant churches. Today, the body of Christ is plagued by church splits and denomination splits all in the name of truth. But is the truth something that is to bring division within the body of believers? I believe that the truth, once centralised on the person of Jesus Christ, will bring unity and not division. The truth of God's Word should bring oneness and not categorisation amongst us.
The enemy we fight finds no initimidation in a church that is fighting with one another. What threatens Satan is a force built on one foundation and brought closer together by the love of God. That's why God calls us to love one another over and over again in scripture. He values unity and He values relationships built within the parameters of His church.
Blessings on your Kingdom advancing journey
When The Pastor Is Tired
I came across this article and it hit home as I pray for those in leadership for ministry, specifically "The Church Mountain." It is common place that pastors, ministers and lay professional call it quits on Gods purpose for their life. I reached out to Pastor Randy to help me address some of the issues that surround this article.
Here is the link for your reading-
Me: Hey Pastor Randy do you have any thoughts from your book that could address this article :
Pastor Randy: I actually just saw this article a little earlier for the first time today. I believe I did say somethings that address this very subject. There are a couple of things that I think speak to this from my book...
"I feel that we do a greater disservice to the integrity of the gospel if we do not ensure that those who carry the mantel of delivery are in the best shape possible to present it." After all, the Pastor doesn't suddenly fall or quit. It is always a process which means it is an embedded issue that requires attention that is often neglected. But, if it means that it would require the Pastor to step down or take a sabbatical until there has been time to address and heal the issues, then what is the immediate impact? What is the long term impact?"
Me: This is a great response and reminder to take care of yourself "pastors." The time it takes to care for yourself and or family is time God would want you to invest, to be better prepared to charge the hill ahead in the next season.
Our prayer is that leaders in ministry will have the courage to step back if needed, to reach out if needed because we need you.
Blessings Pastor Milton
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