Unity based on humility

by Richard Mansel

If we understand our place in the kingdom, we will better appreciate our spiritual family because we will see that we are all in the same position.

No one can feel superior to anyone else in the Lord’s kingdom. Once we eradicate this disease from the body of Christ, the faster we can heal. We need humility among the saints so we can we build a unity that will last.

Congregational dynamics is an overlooked component of a congregation. If it is unhealthy, the tension will prevent the gospel from thriving as it should. If brethren feel that a hierarchy exists in the congregation, politics will eventually destroy the work.

In order to prevent this disaster, we must realize that no one is better than anyone else in the Lord’s kingdom. Those in leadership positions have different roles but they are still subject to the following:

  • Everyone is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).
  • Everyone is guilty of sin (Romans 3:23).
  • Everyone is in need of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Everyone is dependent on Christ for salvation (Romans 5:6-11; 1 John 1:5-10).
  • Everyone is weak and in need of forgiveness (Romans 7:15-20; Acts 17:30).
  • Everyone is subject to the Word (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Timothy 3:16-17).

As a result, no one has the right to think they are closer to God than anyone else (Galatians 3:28). The clergy and laity system is fictional. Accordingly, we must be humble toward our brethren so that we can truly begin working for the Lord.

Since we are all weak, sinful and dependent on God, we must be there for one another. No one should think that when the congregation comes together that they must pretend to be perfect. Each person must realize that they are broken and in need of prayers.

When we teach the gospel to others, we must always remember our place in the kingdom. As sinners in need of grace, we should never give a potential convert the idea that we are superior to them. We are all in need of Christ.

When God’s people show that they are sinners, those in need of salvation can feel safe coming in and admitting that they need to have their own sins remitted. Humility destroys the stereotype Satan uses to keep people away from God.

God’s people must mature so we can develop this healthy environment in our own congregations so Satan’s grip can be loosened on the Church.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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