One of my favorite cartoons as a kid was Voltron. I used to run inside when I got home from school and turn it on to see what happened next. If you’re unfamiliar with Voltron, it’s about a group of pilots who control robotic lions and use them to protect planet Arus from King Zarkon. Each member of the team has a special skill and uses those skills against the robots that Zarkon creates to attack the planet. When the evil robots prove to be too much for the individuals, the five lion robots join together to form Voltron and defeat the enemy.
As I think about that cartoon, I can’t help but see the way the Church is supposed to be. Our enemy is attacking this planet and taking souls to Hell. We, as the Body of Christ, have fought individually for far too long. It’s time we joined together as His Church under His banner instead of our own. Jesus Himself said that a house divided cannot stand. I Corinthians 12 describes us as one body with many parts. We each have a function to fulfill, but in the end, we are a part of the same body.
Here are three things I think we as church leaders need to do to be fitly joined together:
- Stop bashing each other. I’ve been in services with many different denominations and every one of them has made snide remarks about another church denomination. These things ought not to be. I Corinthians 12:21 says, “The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you’” (NLT). We need each other and it’s time we stopped tearing each other down. We are not each other’s competition. We are co-worker in the Lord’s vineyard.
- Start praying for each other. A best practice that I have seen of this is a pastor, who each week before his sermon, publicly prays for and blesses the other churches and their pastors from the pulpit. He prays for their sermons and that God would bring revival to their churches. Hearing a pastor pray for another church is a powerful thing. It reiterates we are in this together and joins us together as one body.
- Combine city outreaches. Whether it’s a local shelter or a crusade that’s being held in your town, we should join together with our common goal of winning the lost. Our job isn’t to grow our church from switchers, but from winning the lost. We are laborers together bringing in the harvest. We need to work side by side, showing the world we are one. Jesus said in John 13:35, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Ephesians 4:16 is a vision of what the Body of Christ should be like. It says, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” With God’s help, we can do what each of us were called to do, and we can be joined together as one body helping each other. We have a common goal and a common enemy. It’s time we joined together to defeat him and fulfill our mission.