Unusual Collaborations Breaking Out In The Church
In this coming era we are seeing the Church grow up from mere unity events, and good friendships (both good in their own way!) to a place of real collaboration.
God is joining churches together! But what is more I think He is going to join churches with businesses and churches with local councils. He’ll bond itinerant ministries with local fellowships in a way that has never happened before. Para-Church and Church are coming together! Local churches will share buildings, resources, leaders, staff and even members (Get your head around that one!). No church will care who gets the praise, has the most platform time, got the most new converts, or ended up paying the most!
The coming move of unity and collaboration is going to deeply challenge the pride, envy, the spirit of competition and the spirit of religion within us. It will start a fierce war in the hearts of some! But we’re also going to start to experience the most humble, sweet, selfless expressions of the Kingdom roll out across the earth as the Body of Christ starts to walk in unpretentious power, deep love and gracious mercy, like never before. Self-promoting, brand addicted, ego-centric preachers will be swept aside by modest, self-effacing, Jesus-magnifying servant leaders. What a glorious bride the Church will be!
It’s in this time that God is going to orchestrate the joining of unassuming, loving and powerful leaders to work together to expand the Kingdom in a given geographical area or sphere. We’re going to feel like bands of brothers taking on the enemy, living generously, loving outrageously! But be warned, it will only come to those who let the fire of God burn their envious, jealous, insecure hearts with His holiness.
As we enter the new era, be brave and ask yourself fiery, tough questions like these:
- What attitudes in me are hindering true unity?
- Am I insecure and how does it affect my relationships?
- Am I jealous and envious of other leaders?
- Does my envy cause me to speak harshly of other leaders, either in private or to them personally?
- Am I as kind as I should be?
- Do I truly behave as if the Church in my area is one unified team?
- Am I wasting my time with unity events that aren’t true unity? How could they become places of true unity?
- Who should I collaborate with?
- What would Jesus do with the Church in my region if He had His way fully?
Helen Keller said “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Ryunosuke Satoro stated “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Jesus said “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) This is perhaps one of the greatest challenges to us today, but it could also lead to the greatest glory.
Jesus said these amazing words as He prayed for you and I. Let us do all we can to ensure this prayer is answered in our lifetime:
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23
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