I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
What is needed in order for all to be of like mind and be united? I tend to believe the answer is “point of focus”.
We have recently moved Mom back to the assisted living where she was before the hospital stay in July. It has been a long haul but she is finally home. Mom needs a high level of care due to the fact that at this time she is wheel chair bound and still needing to regain strength. The focus should be Mom’s care and health and for many at the assisted living that is exactly where their mind is set but for others, not so much. For some working at the facility their focus is all about self and their wants and desires. Creating a smooth communication line in this atmosphere is a challenge because the “point of focus” is not universal. And who suffers in all of this? Actually, everyone does.
How about the church, the body of Christ. Conflict arises when the point of focus is anything other than the Kingdom of God. How many battles have raged on in the church under the declaration of Christ but the point of focus was in reality self? If there is conflict, then “self” is involved somewhere in some way. Communication fails. Feelings are hurt. Progress turns to backward motion and all suffer.
So here is the challenge for those whose hearts are in love with Christ, when division, conflict, miscommunication arises we need to check our point of focus. No finger pointing, start with the brain positioned behind our own eyeballs. Look within. Pray for discernment. Be willing to be humble. Be willing to be honest. Look to Him who Was and Is and Always will Be.
United in and through Christ,