What A Man Says
After being involved in a variety of ministry efforts over the years and seeing many ministries grow and others fall, I believe that there is one pattern that I have noticed that often happens. Here is a quick overview of what I have seen happen far too often…. The Lord gives vision for a new ministry effort to a person or a group. That group then begins to pray about that vision and starts to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit. They start to act on that direction and soon, doors start to open. The work starts to increase and the ministry grows. Those involved in the ministry however start to have different opinions and thoughts about how the growth should proceed. Soon those differences grow into disagreements. Bitterness and animosity start to enter into the relationships and eventually those people who at the beginning were united in one mind and one heart end up parting and going their separate ways. The ministry work that had started, and the vision behind it, ends.
I believe that whenever the Body of Christ begins to come together and work for the Kingdom of Christ the enemy begins to take notice. The enemy will start to work with intentional focus to try to plant whatever seeds of doubt, discord, and disagreement he can. As believers we must always be on guard for these kinds of thoughts. We must be aware of the things that we think about and the reactions that we have when other people present thoughts and ideas. We must not allow the schemes and work of the enemy to create division in the fellowship of the believers.
So then the question must be raised, what do we do when we are involved in a ministry work with other believers and there is a difference in opinion? I believe that without a doubt the very first thing that should happen whenever this type of situation occurs is the same thing that we should do in every situation. We should go to the Lord in prayer. We should pray for unity and for discernment and direction. Whatever direction that the Lord gives should then be obeyed. Secondly, whomever it is that God has appointed as leader of the ministry should step up and be a leader to those involved, providing the clear direction and decisions that they believe the Lord is leading them to make. Third, after the Lord has given the direction either directly to the brethren or through the ministry leader, all those involved should submit to the decision and go on working as unto the Lord. I am specifically reminded of quote from Abraham Lincoln which says this, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” So when we have differences of opinion let us not seek to prove ourselves right, but instead let us seek the will of our Father.