When I set out on a journey to share, teach and express what God has taught me through the arduous journey of my life, I saw the unexpected. I have to be honest, when I prayed and said, “Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours”, I was not ready for the answer that came. In many ways, it has forced me to search His words through the gospels, and to dig deep into many of His examples. History does seem to repeat itself over and over. The Pharisees and Sadducees were all blinded by their personal agenda. They sought to have the largest synagogues and be worshiped along side of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Many of the synagogues did not work in unison but instead existed in isolation.
I have learned that any time the people of God cannot work with the people of God, the enemy wins. He has been winning these mini-battles for some time now. We are have been far too focused on fulfilling the Old Testament law that we have forgotten about Jesus, the One who actually fulfilled God’s promise.
Agenda attacks agenda, and those who wish to create a personal brand refuse to align with those whom God is branding. God always uses the least to promote His best. In order to have God’s brand on our hearts, God allows us to go through a refining process. This adversity creates perseverance and character, and also produces a heart after God’s own heart.
The substantial suffering of one’s heart seems to create a humility of the heart that can’t be explained
Churches are built all over the world, but yet churches often do not work together in fear of losing members. Many times they forget that the members are not theirs, but God’s. I suppose we all struggle to let go from time to time, but I am seeing a new wave of humble servants of God being raised up, and they all share one thing in common: they love Jesus more than they love themselves! God’s children are in need of His heavenly manna. This is food that only Heaven itself can deliver. True servants of God are much more like wait-staff delivering the food from the head chef and tidying up after. The dinner is very important to the chef, and the servants assist on behalf of the chef.
The Principle of Unity: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” Now when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub,[f] the ruler of the demons.” But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
Matthew 12:22-30 (NKJV)
The Truth from Behind the Curtain of Influence
What most people don’t know is that there are a couple of pretty large flaws in the current way leaders of significance influence our world.
- The biggest flaw is isolation. Everyone seeks to be number one, and many live in fear and are intimidated by anything less. The question I have to ask is, if we are number one, then what number will God be? This is the driving force behind focus. Either we are focused on God or we are not.
- Many times, leaders seek larger crowds, bigger platforms, and more recognition. If I am honest with you, I will admit that I have fallen victim to this trap. It comes from our most core human desire to want to conquer others, create platforms, and establish ambitions. It is rooted in selfishness.
Meanwhile, we squabble over the things that have no effect in Heaven. Lives are lost, families are destroyed, and generations are obliterated. The people of God won’t act by the will of God. Why is this?
Scripture has taught us for hundreds of years that one day a man would come who would be God’s love, mercy, peace, and justice wrapped in human skin. This man was described in ancient texts even outside of the Bible. He would be the comforter, the illustrator and the embodiment of what the earth could be, if it were truly heaven on earth.
As I travel the countries and even in the US, I see two common issues: isolation and selfishness. We don’t want others to have more, be more, or do more than ourselves. As we continue to squabble over the little things, the enemy advances with a unified army, and it is set on destroying God’s people, His purpose, and His design. Anything in the way is destroyed in the process.
I miss the unification of the body of Christ. Jesus said we are one body, and each member has a part to play. Still, we self-mutilate by trying to cut each part off, and while we hurt ourselves as a body of believers, the enemy advances toward his targets and toward our generations.
Core Divisions and what Jesus said about them
- Believers condemning non-believers
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
John 8:7 (NKJV)
We all should remember that despite the fact that we are sinners, righteousness is a life-long journey. I know it will take me all of my life to pursue Jesus and His teachings, but I also understand it starts by knowing that He loves you and me. Non-believers will never be drawn to someone or something that they believe will injure them. Addictions, hunger, and isolation are broken through love, mercy, and grace.
- Believers condemning other believers:
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you do not see the plank that is in your eye? Hypocrite! First delete the plank from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Luke 6:42 (NKJV)
When we place our focus on someone else’s path, we avoid our own walk with the Lord. We have no right to condemn others, but we can encourage them through our testimony and scripture. We have all sinned and will sin again, but we need the encouragement of our brothers and sisters to grow.
- Denominational Battles:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Like this verse states, Jesus is the only truth, and no personal brand, church, ministry, or religious leader should ever come before Him. If we truly seek to serve Him, we need to bow to His leadership. Sometimes this means that we need to bow before we stand.
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34 34 (NKJV)
- The Battle for Money:
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer;’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.”
Matthew 21:12-13 (NKJV)
The only currency that will ever matter is Heavenly currency. This eternal currency is comprised of souls and prayer. There is nothing else that matters more. When we focus on the things of this earth, we sometimes lose sight of the eternal. While it certainly takes money to run ministries, financial gain should never be the primary objective. Serving and ministering to others should be our core focus. Even when we have nothing to offer, we always have prayer. Sometimes this offering is greatest because it is all we have to give. We need to serve others equally, despite their financial standing.
- The Pursuit of Fame:
Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they would also persecute you. If they kept My word, they would keep yours also. John 15:20 (NKJV)
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Luke 16:13 (NKJV)
One of the reasons God blesses us with resources is to benefit others. We have the responsibility to give back with what we have been given. I have found that the best way to break the stronghold of money is to serve and give to others. Our priorities are set straight when we serve others, not money.
- Self-promotion rather than service
Where we put our focus shows us where our heart is. Our heart influences our mind, and our mind affects our actions. If it is all about us, then it can never truly be about Him, no matter how much we fake it. We can shout Jesus’ name from the rooftops, but unless our actions reflect His instructions, it is only words. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you obedient to His instructions?
- Do you die to self and pick up your own cross?
- Do you daily put His will into action?
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Matthew 7:21 (NKJV)
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; you know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
John 21:17 (NKJV)
There is and forever will be only one Jesus. No church leader, president, business owner, man, or women will ever measure up. Jesus gave us three core commands:
- Share the Gospel and Good News whenever and wherever possible
- Love one another as I have loved you
- Feed my sheep
We are always our own biggest threat. I believe that what breaks God’s heart most is when He sees us seeking to serve ourselves more than trying to help others. When we put ourselves first, we are intentionally walking away from every word scripture teaches us about being in God’s will. If you think about those who went before us to heaven, they are all united in His glory, worshiping and praising Him in unison. When we can get past our own agendas, then and only then will God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
My prayer is that one day, the body of Christ will unify, and we will stop hurting ourselves by cutting off members of the body. We must change our focus from self-promotion to service of others. We must serve others with integrity, even when no one notices.
When the body learns to serve rather than be served, then God’s people will be fed, clothed, inspired, encouraged, and delivered. We all have gifts to be used for the glory of God and His righteousness. Anyone could have the biggest platform in the world, but what matters to God is how this influence was used to glorify Him and serve His children. When Jesus walked the earth, He always sought to serve others, but for all eternity we will serve and honor Him.
My challenge to you is to encourage and inspire others with a heart of service. When we do this, all the glory goes to Him and benefits His Kingdom!
Let’s unite behind His will, and not our own!
In your Service,