When leaders allow fear, selfishness, passiveness, or a general lack of focused oversight in leading, bad things happen. Team members are negatively impacted and harmony and unity are disrupted. This is where conflict grows and harms an organization. I’m sure you have never struggled with any of those things, but for those that have, the call is to repent together and get on the same page and receive God’s blessings. It is really that simple.
This reminds me of an important psalm that David wrote. I think that if this is principle was followed, it would cause a lot of healing in homes, prosperity in business, and more disciples being made in churches.
Psalm 133:1-3 ESV
A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! (this is also my proof text for beard oil) It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
What is unique and amazing about this passage is that during the time of Judges the people of God were divided into factions by their tribe. The leaders led, and the people acted in the best interest of their faction or tribe. But when David is made King he is saying that we are united in God’s kingdom, and if we want to live and lead in unity, we can expect God’s blessings. And the imagery David uses is Aaron being anointed for service in God’s Shekinah glory! The vision we get of Christian unity is Aaron being made ready to experience the presence of God, redemption for God’s people, safety from enemies, the covenantal love of God. He is saying you will get all of God’s presence and eternal life now! That is what the goal of unity is. We may have axes to grind, and important issues that we face. We may have real issues that need real attention and accountability even. But in Christ, the call is to grind those axes in the right direction!
It is human nature to look out for our own interests: to defend our own, to argue and fight for OUR OWN. Yet the gospel is counter-cultural in that we are called to not only look to our own interest, but also to the interest of others. After all, this is a huge part of the gospel itself—that Jesus laid down his own safety, security, and health for ours.
So what if we believed in this blessing! What if leaders lead this way? What if we admitted to our bias, to our fears, to some of these things that drive us? What if we let God unite us and experience what David said, believing that Jesus is the true and better David? Because the Spirit in each of us is way more powerful than David’s assembling power could ever muster.
I have seen the cascading effect of this unity and the blessings it brings. For God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Let us eradicate divisions among us and be bound together in the bond of peace by the Spirit in unity so that we can truly live for the good of all people, and the glory of God!