We’re in the middle of a mission. We see our objective and we know our jobs, but then something breaks. The team has to work to fix the problem, and if the problem doesn’t get fixed in time, there is a chance the whole mission will be a failure. Lives might be lost. Nations might fall. Marriages might be broken.
At this point, it is imperative the team works together, united in mind and united in goal. The worst thing that could happen is the rise of conflict between the team members, but that’s exactly what happens. The second in command doesn’t agree with his orders, so he argues. Why the number two officer doesn’t agree with the captain’s orders is unclear, but the disagreement causes a divide in the unit. People start taking sides and teaming up on each other. The divide destroys the mission and the objective is lost.
Christ calls us to live as one body, in one mind and in one spirit with Christ as our captain (1 Corinthians 12-13, Acts 4:32). He calls his church to live in total unity and in total peace with each other so that there is no divisions in the body of Christ.
How do we make sure not to cause divisions in the church? The first step is to set our sights on getting closer to God, not getting closer to things of this earth. Put God first. When we put God first we will be equipped with the necessary tools to live in peace and perfect unity with God and with each other.
Here is the set of tools used to keep the body of Christ operating in perfect unity: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14).
A time may come when members of the church disagree with each other. If you are a part of the disagreement, make sure to take a moment to put your motives in serious check. Ask yourself why am I disagreeing with him. Is it because of my ego? Is it because I just can’t stand being wrong? Is it because I just don’t like this guy and I want to feel more powerful than him? If it’s either of those, then take a step back in humility.