Let’s Get Organized
Posted: Tuesday, August 4
2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Verse of the day:
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn't. "What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?" asks Linus. "These five fingers," says Lucy. "Individually they're nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold." "Which channel do you want?" asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, "Why can't you guys get organized like that?"
This is the same question Paul posed to the bullied church of Corinth; it’s the same prayer that Jesus prayed for those who would follow Him; and it’s the same challenge every healthy church constantly strives for today.
Unity precedes harmony and harmony is the compelling sound every church should make. Have you ever been to a middle school band concert? If not, it’s a treat you never forget (this is sarcasm). Mr. Shadd was the conductor for the band my girls played in and to this day, five years after they graduated out, I still applaud him for his hard work, patience, and dedication. Although the sound that came out was pretty good (minus a few squawks and squeaks), the result of their hard work was realized years later in the high school band concerts that drew hundreds from the community. Over the years, they got organized.
Here are some simple steps to striving for harmony in your church relationships:
1. Find out what God is doing in other people’s lives and help them.
2. Look for the good in others and then speak positively and encourage those around you.
3. Get to know the vision of your pastor and find a place to serve.
4. Pray for your church family by name. Intercession is a ministry of love.
5. Be quick! Quick to forgive and quick to apologize.