In my short business career, I have been fortunate enough to help lead several different companies and organizations to success. Obviously the definition of success varies depending on who you talk to, but I truly believe God has given me a gift of being able to see a collective picture, and lead a group of people to the destination. The one thing that I have seen through my experiences is that success is highly dependent on the people who are involved to help reach the goal. We have seen situations time and time again where the most qualified group of people are not always the most successful as a team. Different opinions, finger-pointing, and ego often get in the way of developing a culture of success. Without a strong foundation of goals and principles that everyone buys into, organizations will fail every time..
I recently received an e-mail from a friend of mine that is struggling spiritually. He “does not always agree with Christians”, and it offends him a little to hear someone else tell him what they think is right or wrong, and so on. He loves Christianity though.
He is painting the picture of the Church. Often times Christians are so caught up in the debate over Theology or gossip that we forget that we are one organization that is reaching for a common goal. I disassociated from the church when I was in my late teens for the same reasons. Judgmental people, legalism, differing opinions, etc. It was much easier to live life on my own terms then to deal with that crap.
So I withdrew.
While this seems like the easiest avenue, it is also the perfect situation for the enemy of our souls. It is easier for him to conquer one person than it is to destroy an army. Just like the way I work with organizations to build success, it is a team of people that gets us across the goal line. I could go at it alone, but it would be a much harder fight. In the same way, the battle we fight as believers is to pull together as one.
It is a hard-fought reality to know that God has called us into relationship with Him, with other believers, and into a life where we no longer live for ourselves especially when we don’t always agree with our teammates. It’s not the easy road, but God knows what it takes to build a successful organization called ‘His Church’. We must put aside the drama, train for success and read The Bible which is our rulebook.
I have been praying frequently for my friend as he is a powerful and dynamic leader that given the right opportunity would bring a lot more people to the Faith. I pray that God will show him the true spiritual impact he could have in this world if he was able to carve out his time to get plugged in to the community of believers. I pray that just as God did for me a few years ago, that my friend would be able to see past himself, past the people, and understand the urgency of God’s calling to be connected. Working as a part of a bigger team, we could really evoke some change together.
Those prayers also reflect my own personal prayers. I still have to constantly work to lay aside my own opinions and biases towards the religious egos, and ask God to work in my heart through His Word. When I disagree with people regarding Theology, I strive to understand why I disagree and have that opinion be grounded in Biblical truth without passing judgment. I have to force myself to go to church sometimes if for no other reason than to stay plugged in. I know it is God’s calling. Hopefully I can be a valuable asset to His Kingdom while I live here on Earth and bring more of His people together to focus on what matters. Let’s build a successful team.
Philippians 2:1-10 ESV
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.