Look at some key verses depicting the need for coordination within the Church:
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Cor. 12:12)
there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other (1 Cor. 12:25)
That sounds great but how do we get a diverse group of people to work together as a coordinated whole while still maintaining their uniqueness? How do we get the more vocal and aggressive members to give the more timid and laid back members the time and space to do their part? How do we get the more insecure members to speak up and do their part?
True coordination requires bringing all parts together to form a whole, with every member making their unique contribution, doing their part … not merely conforming to someone’s agenda. When that happens we become something better than what any individual part can do alone. The Body “grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Eph. 4:16).
Such Coordination in the Church is Possible Because We Share the Same Power Source
Back up to verse 6 in 1 Corinthians 12 — “There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
- It doesn’t matter what part we have, no matter how big or small, how upfront or behind the scene … it takes the same God at work in us.
- It doesn’t matter what kind of personality or training we have … it still takes the same God at work in us.
For the whole Body to be “joined and held together by every supporting ligament” with everybody doing their part (Eph. 4:16) … true coordination … we need to zero in on the first phrase in that verse. It’s “from Him”, referring to Christ, that we’re able to come together in a coordinated fashion. He is our Power Source.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)
In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Eph. 2:21-22)
Bottom line: We can’t do it on our own. We need a Power Source outside of ourselves. We’re too consumed with self. We need to “put off” the “old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:22-24). This is a mindset created for us, not something we strive to be on our own.
The Key for Leaders: Tap into the Power Source before you attempt to coordinate efforts in the Church. Help others to understand how essential His power is and guide them to pull on His power. Don’t assume everyone grasps how absolutely necessary His Power is to being the Body of Christ.