The purpose of leadership is to help their team function toward the agreed upon goals and
vision of the organization. In the Church, that goal of course is bringing the world to Jesus. By our demonstrating love across the barriers of culture and language, we show the world that only in Christ do we have the capacity and genuine concern to do this. Unity is one of the biggest aspects that attracts the world to Christ. Yet our human nature gets in the way as usual. One key to attain unity is what we focus on; that which stands between us or what unifies us. Satan will do all that he can to get us to focus on our own interests rather than those of others, causing disunity within the church to the detriment of God’s glory in the eyes of the world.
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Who are you Lord?
I AM the God who created the concept of “internationalism” when I separated the languages and scattered the nations at the tower of Babel. Then at Pentecost I reunited them all by my Spirit to be a part of my plan. From around the globe I chose you to join men and women from all walks of life, all cultures of the world, all backgrounds and upbringings, all personalities and gifting to be included in My Church. No two people are alike but all have an integral part in the building of my body on this earth. No two people think exactly the same but I desire that you all agree with each other in your common ground – Me! You are all co-workers with me, so agree with each other, rejoice and be gentle with each other. Pray with thanksgiving rather than fight with anxiousness. Think on the good rather than the bad; focus on the positive not the negative. You are my body representing many differences yet you are united, so agree with each other. Walk unified in this world, as you are unified in me. Only as you do this all men will know that there is something different about you. Only as my Spirit controls your mind can you look past everyone’s differences for all to see my glory.
Is Euodia better than Syntyche? Whose side is right? Why doesn’t Paul pick sides? No! Our teammates are one in Christ with us, they are fellow workers with the Lord, and they have sacrificed just as much as we have to be in this work. God has gifted them for their responsibilities just as he did you and I. Each one is just as important to the proper functioning of the church. There may be cultural, language, personal, spiritual gifting, professional training, and ideological differences between you, but you are to focus on finding agreement in your common ground. Your pride will fight you in this. Your personal rights or your way of doing things will demand that the other person change his or her way. There are times where there will be decisions to be made, and differences hammered out, but humility and putting the other first is required. What we let our mind focus on is key; will you focus on the negative, or the positive?
Rejoice always, be gentle, do not be anxious but pray and God will give you peace. Think on the good not the bad aspects of your team. Practice what you know to be right regardless of what everyone else does. Your service to God is not dependent upon one of your teammates being faithful. And always remember that the God of peace is with you –this should be all the comfort and motivation that you need in order to promote and sustain unity within the Church.
More to come,