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Okay, let me talk about clash of levels.
At a Campus Church, it was a theme, it drew my attention, inspired me and dealt with my pride! Like, it reduced my pride but lifted me!
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Let’s be done with levels.
Being conscious of superiority over others will do you more harm than good. For effective relationship, unity must be the top bond but there can never be unity when we are dwelling in our levels. At our levels, people may never be able to climb up but when we come down, they can relate with us and I think that is effective relationship! A true leader is first a servant, it is in the act of service that he teaches others how to serve. Service takes humility and humility facilitates unity.
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We cannot say that unity means being together because people can be together and still not work together. Unity demands effort, it demands letting go of your class, removing the barrier of levels and seeing others from a better perspective! Your perspective will always be wrong when you see people from afar! Unity is the strongest force in the world but cannot be achieved anyhow, it takes intentional efforts and cutting of your own wings!
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Jesus showed a perfect example, He who is God, leaving behind all His divine privileges just to dwell with men. It is love and the qualities were evident, humility manifested, we saw it and held on to it! But it also takes our own humility to own up to our faults and accept the way we have been offered in Jesus, it is this way that man is united with God! Now we can say, there is no possibility for unity when mutual humility isn’t put into play. It takes humility to be united at all levels! No wonder God humbles the proud and lift the humble!
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We cannot say we are humble when we lack the virtue of tolerance! Tolerance is another vital key to unity. The Bible says while we were yet sinners Christ died for us! God tolerated us to the last and that is the result of His love and desire to unite man to Himself. You can’t stay with people you don’t tolerate, you’re not united to someone because he is perfect, you’re united to that person because you can tolerate! Remove tolerance, unity is not possible! We know cat and rat right? If they had great IQ and would agree to learn each other, they can stay together and tolerate themselves! What you might not tolerate in people is what just make them unique, they can’t be like you, entertain yourselves with your uniqueness. Truth is, no reason is wonderful enough not to tolerate one another.
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We can do a whole lot together when we are a united force. Jesus said a divided kingdom cannot survive because they are their own architect of mass destruction! The easiest way the devil fights every organisation is to put up reasons for disunity, when we entertain that reason, we give him access!
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All the virtues that makes unity possible is summarised in one word, love! Love is blind to fault which means love tolerates and is unconditionally submissive to one another. In love division of labor isn’t a factor, we don’t divide labor, we labor together. In love, we may have different Pastors, different denominations, different ways of doing things but we tolerate our differences and we work together! Jurisdiction isn’t a love thing, we do not leave others to bear their own burden simply because they aren’t in our jurisdiction, we take their burden as our burden! Take a look at Lot, he wasn’t saved because of himself, Abraham was bearing his burden as though it was his. If Lot died, Abraham had nothing to loose but Abraham wouldn’t let that happen! Jurisdiction isn’t something to hold on to tenaciously, you can be in the choir and still join the church cleaning department to do their thing! You can be a member of a denomination and still partner with other ministries to spread the gospel! In Christ there is no division, division is alien to the Christian tradition! Jurisdiction isn’t a friend of the Christian community but it takes love to move above jurisdiction and serve regardless! It can’t happen when we are not selfless, it can’t happen without love.
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Let’s take a look at the disciples, they shared together and did everything in common! No wonder they grew tremendously! In love we give God the right to increase us because love simply means manifesting God’s nature in the scene! This is what true love is after all!
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How can we forgive when we aren’t humble? How can we pray together when we aren’t humble. The Bible says if we can humble ourselves and pray… Love destroys pride! Pride makes obedience impossible!
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God bless you!
#GracefulGeorge
#Photo: At Queens Hangout 2.0

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