Unity

 

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Unity is one of the foundational ingredients in the life of a church or ministry. It forms in the environment of selfless love. It’s critical that everyone involved have the same values and belief system, even though each will have their own peculiar gift to add. Unity is not conformity as much as it is uniformity.

Uniformity is much deeper than conformity.  When our heart’s desire is meshed with His so that we have only one yearning, we discover a marriage of minds.  Our longing, then, becomes one with the Creator’s.  It is then that you see the group spirit blended with God’s alone. His is ours and ours is His. In uniformity we find the “How did I do?” mentality is replaced with “Look at what the Holy Spirit did in and through us.”

 

There’s a tendency to feel satisfied if those in or related to our ministries simply comply with our set of values and beliefs. To me this is pseudo or a contrived unity. We’re fishing in the right pond, but are just not going deep enough. How does a people become internally integrated in directional faith for a work?

1.  First, I believe true unity begins with a single person. This one must have an “idea” from the Spirit of God. In fact, it must grip him or her in such a way that it shapes their values and beliefs. When these are lived out in one’s life it becomes like a magnet attracting others looking for something with an eternal purpose.  This is the trailhead toward a healthy church or ministry.

2.  Also, one must not over look the value of some mechanism that functions toward building relationship among the newcomers. When this vehicle is centered around the Bible something deep begins to develop between people. Further, when the study is focused on imparting the DNA of the founder it’s like wrapping unity in bonds steel. The time taken doing this is critical because care should  be given to personal needs that surface.

3. Finally, I am convinced a healthy church or ministry worships the Ancient of Ages together. Make it about sincerely blessing the King of Kings. Stay more focused on Him than any other. Keep it unplugged and  simple without electric until the size of the crowd demands some assistance in hearing.

For my ten cents worth the above three things are necessary as building blocks for building any church or ministry that has a heart to experience the manifestation of Jesus among the people. This validates the existence of any work of Jesus. “Jesus made the Church the way He wanted it and He wants it the way He made it.”

The Apostle Paul speaking to the elders of the Church in Ephesus said, “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:29-31)

The armory of hell has many choice weapons to use against the healthy ministry. The Mouth Weapon is, by far, the most powerful. We must be alert to things from without and to those who are within SPEAKING perverse things. “Perverse” means to distort or turn away from the right path. Those who are conforming may have the greatest temptation to draw others after themselves not respecting the power of unity

Paul also says this, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.” (1 Cor.1:10-11)

My friends and co-laborers, please  intentionally guard the unity of your sphere of ministry. Keep your eye on the thermometer. Usually the mouth is where the thermometer is positioned.