Historically, Christian leaders have not always worked well together. This problem knows no geographical boundaries as division among leaders is seen in almost every nation of the world.
Beware of these nine points. Allowing any of these points to manifest will hinder the progression of unity in the family:
- Pride: Simpy put, pride stands in the way of harmony. Pride describes the belief that one’s own ministry is more important or more “blessed” by God than others. A person thinking this way believes what he/she is doing is the most important work being done. Sometimes, as they see it, what they are doing is right while everyone else is doing it wrong.
- Insecurity: Insecure people have a tendency to gravitate towards extremes. Either they shy away from fellowship or try to dominate it. This hinders unity as balance in such matters is needed for people to work together for a common purpose.
- Suspicion: Trust is an essential quality of fellowship. It is also an investment; a conscious risk for the possibility of increased return. This is necessary in building relationships that will move the Kingdom of God forward. Suspicion destroys this process.
- Jealousy: This is the resentment that exists in a person’s heart when another individual receives a blessing or achieves a goal for which the jealous person believes they are more qualified or deserving. Jealousy is one of the main deterrents to unity in the Body of Christ.
- Selfish Ambition: While ambition is needed for achievement, selfish ambition describes the person who is motivated to do something for their won benefit only. Selfish ambition is tested when desired goals are reached by someone other than the person who is ambitious to achieve them, even when it benefits the Kingdom.
- Competition: This describes the person who practices one-upmanship with his/her peers. It is an insatiable desire to compare one’s own achievements with those of another. The hope in making such comparisons is the desire for superiority. When this motive drives a person’s agenda, division and devastation will ultimately result.
- Immaturity: Most of the things listed thus far are signs of spiritual immaturity. Unity is hindered by leaders whose gifts have put them in positions that their character cannot keep. This is the case in many cultures where talent and celebrity are valued above character. Individuals are inevitably promoted in this environment based upon talent instead of maturity.
- Independence: This is the belief that a person needs help from no one else to succeed and can do the work of the Kingdom of God on their own. This, of course, is inaccurate.
- Fear: This is at the root of many attitudes that destroy unity. Fear of what a leader might lose drives many to isolation; losing a position, prestige, significance, congregants, fame, power, etc. Fear must be replaced by humility and love. When it is, a person will find great joy and satisfaction in the achievements of the team.