2 Samuel 15:4 – “Moreover Absalom would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.” NKJV
Leadership is a much-desired position but few want the accountability and responsibility that goes with it. Many want the recognition and the perks of being the top dog, front or lead man or woman but not the dirty details that accompany leadership. The Church is not devoid of Enemies. Every local congregation faces spiritual warfare in the fight for its existence and the pursuit of its purposes. Satan would like nothing better than to destroy the local congregation and the only way he can accomplish that is from within. Thus the ever present reason for UNITY of the Faith. I want to challenge you with some scriptures I believe are critical and key regarding the Church, Leadership, and Order, something that is much needed.
Romans 16:17 – “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on [MARK] those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away [AVOID] from them.”
Did you hear that? MARK THEM that cause divisions among you. I am 100% convinced that the only way for the local church to function in the power of God and fulfill its true purposes in the earth and the local community is to learn to “dwell together in unity.” I am not talking about making concessions and compromises to offer an appearance of unity but TRUE SPIRITUAL UNITY. I am talking about having a COMMON VISION, becoming CHRIST-CENTERED, and laying aside PERSONAL AGENDAS and EGOS. That is most difficult for human beings, especially those who are competitive and ambitious.
Psalm 133:1 – “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.”
Acts 4:32 – “And the congregation of those who believed were of ONE HEART and SOUL, and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them.”
Matthew 23:8 – “But, do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.”
Romans 12:16 – “Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.” [v.17 – never pay back evil for evil and v. 19 – never take your own revenge.]
Romans 15:5-6 – “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus; that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 – “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you all AGREE and there be NO DIVISIONS among you, but you be MADE complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Let that sink in and soak in for a bit before continuing on and pursuing a position of leadership! The unquestioned call and absolute necessity are UNITY. It not optional but essential. It is the difference between health and spiritual sickness and life or spiritual death. A house truly cannot stand divided against itself and it is absolutely critical that we all have the same VISION and JUDGMENT.
Ephesians 4:1-3 – “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT in the BOND OF PEACE.”
Philippians 1:27 – “Only, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come to see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in ONE SPIRIT with ONE MIND striving together for the faith of the gospel…”
Philippians 3:16 – “…however, let us keep living by the same standard to which we have attained.”
Back to MARKING THEM… The Bible gives us two types of people to MARK or NOTE. Romans 16:17 tells us to MARK a certain group, and Philippians 3:17 tells us to MARK another group. Philippians says, “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe [MARK] those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.” Romans says, MARK those who cause divisions. Both are to be MARKED or NOTED.
Now that I have opened this can of worms I must address it more fully and will do so in the next devotional but for now, I pause to say God bless you as you go through this day in Him.