Something that I’ve learned about during this internship has been the importance of unity within your staff. It’s vital, game-changing, and biblical. When everyone is on the same page, backing each other up, the only opposition you will have to worry about is from your opponents.
Satan wants to destroy unity within the church. Why? Because we were meant to work together. It’s all part of God’s design. We are each members of the body of Christ and each have a unique role to play (1 Cor. 12:14-16). You wouldn’t take a tank into battle that was full of rusty gears that were grinding against each other, so why should we be in conflict with other believers while fighting the devil as well? Paul told the Philippian church to “complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:2 ESV).
What are some things that will derail unity in your church and organization?
- Pride. Philippians 2:3 says “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit…” This is probably the biggest issue in everyone’s lives. I’ve struggled with it a lot, and I know how destructive it can be. When you’re absorbed with pride you believe you deserve respect, that you shouldn’t have to do menial tasks, that there’s no one else that can do the job better than you. Remember that Jesus said the first shall be last and the last shall be first. He was the ultimate example of the servant leader, and of humility.
- Bitterness. This one stems closely with pride, but I believe it deserves its own recognition. Bitterness can well up inside you and destroy you like a bad virus. Things will happen to you where you might get blamed for something, or get the raw end of the deal. The trick is not to let it get the best of you. There’s always going to be times when people get upset with you, or you just need to take the hit for something. But in the grand scheme of things, they probably won’t matter. Just let them roll off of you, stand up, and move on. And the reality is, people are always watching how you react to these situations. Take those times as an opportunity to live with integrity and lead by example.
- Non-communication. This could be one of the quickest ways to bring disunity amongst your group. If you as a leader, or a follower, don’t communicate with the people around you, there will be problems and bitterness is much more likely to spring up. Our culture today is against confrontation. It’s against the pain of working through a relationship. And again, I’ve done this too. It’s so much easier to send an email, a Facebook message, or even a phone call. Instead we need to go to that person and talk through the problem. You’ll be surprised by how rewarding it is.
I’m sure there are other words we could put in here, but these are three main reasons that I have seen. But what’s the key to unity?
I believe the key to unity in any church or organization is the word respect, or you could say love.
The rest of Philippians 2:3 says “…but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” If you want to see unity with the people around you ask yourself these questions: How can I respect their time? How can I love them with my words? How can I help them succeed at their job? When you think of the other person first, they will think of you in return, and you will be that much more unified.
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