Thursday, October 2, 2008

United or Untied?

In a time when churches all across America are struggling to remain vital and effective the most important aspect for them to remember is where they put their “I.” Is it all about me or is it all about God? Do you come to church seeking what the church can do for you or do you come to church seeking what you can do for God? You see the importance of where we put the “I?” If we are to be what God wants us to be, we must work together to bring about the fusing of our individuals into the fellowship that God calls us to be.

I am not talking about uniformity, but unity. We shouldn’t all be the same. After all, we all have different gifts in order to serve God and the church. We should, however, use our various gifts in a unified attempt to do the things that God has called us to do. If we want to be a truly “fused’ church, we will use those varying gifts to bring glory to God, not to squabble and fight. God has given us all we need in order to be effective in our communities for Him.

When various people and committees have their own agenda, divisiveness can become the standard. When we feel that our work is the most important work to be done, we allow ourselves and/or our committee to become untied from the rest of the congregation. Look at it this way, a team of superstars that won’t work together will seldom beat a team of less talented people working together. While the superstars may have more “highlight film” footage, isn’t the whole point to win the game?

It is my prayer that every Christian in every congregation would be humble enough to put Jesus first in all that they do; that they would be willing to let others “get the glory” in order to help the work of God shine through. If we would all become united, those that are still untied will be both welcomed and encouraged to join us! What do you say? Isn’t it time we worked together for a change?

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