Three Principles for Serving God Harmoniously

Firstly, we should obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the principles of truth and not be willful or be restrained by other people.

It is normal to have different opinions from others concerning the problems arising in the church’s work, because the circumstances of our upbringing, the environment we live in and education we get are different. If we always demand that others listen to us, or use our status to put others down, then we are not acting in accordance with saintly propriety. If we want to serve God in a way that meets His intentions, we should seek the principles of truth rather than just listening to what people say. We shouldn’t follow the ways of others or our way, nor be constrained by position, power, knowledge, or reputation. We should seek God’s words and submit to the authority of His words. Just as the Lord Jesus said, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). When our co-workers, colleagues, pastors or elders ask us to do some things that are not compatible with the Lord Jesus’ words, we should not obey them but should submit to the words of the Lord Jesus. If what they say conforms to the Lord’s words, then we should put ourselves aside and obey what comes from God.

Secondly, we should not seek to prevail over others but learn from each other.

It is written in Philippians 2:3–4: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” These verses show that struggling for fame and gain is not how Christians should live. We should be humble, and we should not be selfish but be more considerate toward others. However, because we have arrogant natures, we always want to show off, and it is easy for us to unwittingly belittle others, take all the credit for ourselves, and put the blame on others when mistakes happen in the church’s work. This leads to unharmonious coordination between others and us. If we can change our views on what to pursue, as these verses say, and no longer seek to exhibit ourselves but be humble, see others’ strengths and learn from them, then we will not be blindly conceited but will naturally be able to coordinate harmoniously with others.

Thirdly, we should work for a common goal and provide for and support each other in spirit.

It is written in Philippians 2:1–2: “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Ephesians chapter 4 verse 3 says, “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” From these verses, we can see that if we Christians want to have a harmonious partnership with each other, we must have a common goal, be one in spirit, and achieve accord in order to complete God’s commission. Then, no matter what disputes or conflicts there are between us, we will all think about how we should do things in a way that lets God’s will be carried out, no longer maintain our own opinions, and instead put aside our personal interests and plans. At that time, we will have achieved unity.

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