Divide and Conquer
Romans 12:4-5 (NIV)
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
“Divide And Conquer”, these three words have been pretty close to my heart ever since I served my time in the army because for about one and a half years, I was in the company which had these words as our motto, and our insignia being the wolf as wolves hunt in packs to take down their prey. They may split their forces to cut off their prey but at the end of the day, the essence of it all is that they work together to get the job done even though they may all have different roles to play. Thus, I guess it can be ironic that our motto may sound like every man’s an island and that one can do anything alone but really on the contrary, teamwork could not be more important in everything we do because we rely on each other doing our individual jobs well so that the big picture will fall into place and be realized.
Moving along this train of thought, It is my belief that this basic principle can be applied in more or less the same way when it comes to God’s calling upon every church, every bride of His, but of course, in a totally less gruesome fashion. The Word of God says in Acts 1:8 that the people of God will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and we will be God’s witnesses, telling people about His wonders everywhere, in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
Having been blessed by God so plentifully, surely as Christians we do not just keep these things to ourselves because that is not what we were made to do. We are called by the King of kings, imbued with power from On High so that we can fulfill our purpose, that is to spread the Word of Life to all the ends of the earth and ensure that every ear hears, every lip confesses and that every knee bows at the Name of God. The beautiful thing about this is that not everyone is assigned the exact same task to do in God’s Kingdom. Isn’t it amazing how before we were even conceived in our mother’s womb, God already decided that though all of us share the same objective, the same purpose, we were all made to carry it out differently?
Some people might be called to the worship ministry, to touch the hearts through music, others called to preach and still others, to go into the mission field and into all the world to tell the Good News to those who don’t even have access to it – these are just to name a few. Serving in the Kingdom of God is so diverse that listing them all one by one would just take too long. The one thing to keep in mind is that the fundamentals of anything God has called You to do is to spread His love and His goodness, be it to those whose hearts are on fire for God, have grown cold or to ears who have not heard. Therefore, find your calling and your place in the Kingdom of God, it does not necessarily have to be fixed on one your entire life, nor is it limited to just one. Keep an open mind and an open heart to God’s leading as you transit from season to season in your life.
To end off, always remember that we may come from different churches, different denominations even, but our objective is one and the same. We are, collectively, one big body of Christ and each individual has to play his or her part well for this body to function like a well-oiled machine. If you have not already, make an effort to stop putting His call for you on hold, pick up the mantle of Christ and do what you were made to do. I’m sure God will be pleased and He will honor your efforts.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have called me and placed me in a time such as this for Your purpose and Your calling. I pray, Father, that even as I go about my daily tasks, I will always keep in mind the reason why I am actually here on this earth and what I must do so that Your Name can be glorified through my life. I pray that even as I listen to Your call on my life in every season, we as a body of Christ will move together as one, that though we may all have different roles and responsibilities, we will be able to divide and conquer the world and declare Your Name to the ends of the earth. Grant us the patience, love and understanding to bear with our brothers and sisters in Christ so that together, we can work as one to achieve Your mighty plans. Thank You once again for Your love for us that extends beyond our comprehension. May we continue to see Your commands as a privilege and not a burden in any way. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”