Unity

Many hands together: group of people joining handsI like this word in many different contexts. I like it when my wife and I are in unity (this contrasts with when we have extremely different ideas about an issue). I also like it when my family is in unity. Unity doesn’t mean we always agree, but I do think it means we are always agreeable. It is not always easy for sure, but I think unity means that I’m keeping my eye on the big picture. I see unity as agreement on the big picture items. Unity is defined as: “the state of being one; the parts of a whole; oneness of mind; harmony and agreement”.

This word jumped out of a Psalm of David – a song of assents and it reminded me of what a beautiful concept unity can be. Check this out…

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:1-3 NIV)

Unity is sometimes very difficult to achieve because I or the other person want our way. Unity can only be achieved when we are all working for the greater good of any team that we are part of. I believe every group I’m part of needs a mission. I didn’t say that they need a mission statement, although I think it’s an excellent idea. A mission statement is simply our mission in writing. In my family, we seek to honor God in our choices and decisions every day. It’s not written down anywhere, but we know it and try to live it out. At Southern Hills Christian Church where my family and I serve, the mission is: Disciples who make disciples.  At Metro West Realty, our team of REALTORS rally around a mission of: EXCELLENCE. Always.  I know that there are other organizations that I am part of that are on mission. If we get “off mission” then the tensions begin quickly.

Unity is an incredible concept and can be very fulfilling to be part of. If there is to be unity, then I can’t always have everything “my way or the highway”. I must seek common ground underneath the mission.  I have been part of organizations where there was no unity and it can be frustrating. When unity disappears, dysfunction comes on the scene. There are so many instances where the Lord has “sanded my rough edges off” and helped me see the big picture. I need to remember that any organization that I’m part of is only as strong as the unity of all its members.  I do believe that everyone needs a big picture view even in the trenches of debate and discussion.  I love the last line of this passage: ”for there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore”.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

New Agreement

AgreementI make agreements all the time with people. I might agree to do something for my wife and children. I might agree to help out a co-worker, client or customer. When I make agreements, I usually check my schedule to make sure I can keep the agreement. I usually know if it’s going to costs more than time. Almost every agreement costs me something. An agreement is synonymous with the word covenant. When my wife and I married, we made a covenant with one another. We made vows to support the covenant and in my everyday life, I seek to honor that agreement/covenant.

The Lord made a covenant with His people in the Old Testament. The covenant was significant and respectful to the relationship that they had with God. The old covenant was replaced with a new covenant. Check this out…

10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel

    after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds

    and write them on their hearts.

I will be their God,

    and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,

    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’

because they will all know me,

    from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness

    and will remember their sins no more.
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:10-13 NIV)

 

God chose to make a new agreement with people just like me. He writes the agreement on my heart instead of in a book or on a scroll.  He walks with me. He talks with me.  His is not aloof somewhere in the distance heaven – He is very near to me and walks with me through life. He also draws me to Himself and His way for me to live. His way is the good way that leads to life eternal. He wants to lead me in ways that protect me and teach me more of His heart. I love the fact that God chooses to forgive my sin and forget my sin.

I really like this new agreement because it’s clearly personal. God is in my business and helping me do business in a way that honors Him I would rather honor God than anything else I could possibly do on this earth. I’m all in with Him. I pledge to honor this new agreement with all that I am and all that I have!

Pressing On!
Dwayne