Devotional
STRONG TOGETHER

STRONG TOGETHER

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit ,with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel, ”

Philippians 1:27

Just imagine you were watching a football match and you see your home team fighting themselves but still playing the match, your star players out of annoyance now  playing alone, without team-playing with the rest, your goalkeeper in fact has left the goal post and is now trying to score the goals and yet the opposing team stays united (not necessarily Manchester United), would you still be confident your team is winning this match? It is going to be a very sorry sight to behold and you will be very ashamed.

That’s just an illustration to drive home our point, we may have the Godly Vision of reaching nations with the Gospel of Christ, the same way that a football team’s dream will not be actualized with a lackadaisical attitude, the gospel’s vision won’t be actualized with an individualistic mindset as well.

 We have rights, privileges and realities in Christ Jesus, as beloved sons for whom Jesus died, but we also have responsibilities. Standing together to extend the frontiers is our common responsibility and that doesn’t come easily. We must give our best to it to ensure that we stand together. We must set our differences apart, our individual selfish interests apart and focus on the big picture which is reconciling men to Christ. In Jesus’ earthly walk the disciples were almost quarreling over positions—who will lead the team when Jesus dies, who will seat at Jesus’ sides in the resurrection—in today’s world we still see fragments of that; people being angry for not being made to occupy a position and sometimes as a result they even leave that church, manifestation of pride, rather than focus on how the work of the kingdom will keep prospering. 

Romans 16:17 makes it clear what we should do with people who seek to cause division in the church, we must mark them and avoid them. In the local Church, the strongest virus that can creep in is “Division”. We must quickly quarantine such men who have the spirit of division, we must not allow their virus to spread. Men who have selfish interests more than their interest for the prosperity of the work of the kingdom are dangerous to a local church. They will cause division.

The way we avoid this is learning to honor one another, have an honest, simple estimation of oneself and not being full of yourself.

Do not breaking ranks. Recognize and differ to the spiritual authorities God has instituted within the church—for example in this church we have one senior pastor, he is the man of God set over the entire house, it will be folly to want to envy his authority, call his bluff or want to stand in his office. 

Furthermore, there are other pastors within the church, there are leaders over each department, there are zonal coordinators, all these people are God-ordained and must be reverenced. If you do not fall amongst the list mentioned it means you’re a member only, which means authority ought to be binding over you. The same thing applies upward—the zonal coordinator is subject to the other pastors, and every person including the pastors subject to the Senior Pastor. This is God’s design.

Do what you have been given grace for and stay in that office till that grace increases. You see to dishonor spiritual authority is to dishonor the men upon whom God has put His grace, and like its fondly said, what you despise you will never attract.

We must avoid envy, strife and all manner of selfishness in the local Church. We have the world to take for Jesus and a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Further Reading: Romans 16:17-19, Mark 3:25-27

CONFESSION: I STAND IN MY OFFICE, I GIVE NO PLACE TO STRIFE, ENVY OR DISORDERLINESS, I WALK IN LOVE AND HONOUR TOWARDS MY PASTOR, THE PASTORATE, MY LEADERS AND MY BRETHREN.

THERE IS LOVE IN SHARING