Day 12: Unified and Interdependent
OUR DESIRED CULTURE
- We are unified and interdependent within The U.S. Navigators, across the Worldwide Partnership, and with the broader body of Christ.
REHEARSE: Holy, Holy, Holy
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
(Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV)
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NIV)
One of the primary contributing factors to disciplemaking movements emerging across the globe today is interdependence in the body of Christ. The task of reaching the world for Christ is much bigger than any one church or organization. The Great Commission was given to the worldwide Church. As much as The Navigators must be interdependent within the broader body of Christ, so we as The U.S. Navigators must humbly acknowledge that no one part of us— no single Mission or City—can accomplish our vision of life-long disciplemakers independent from the other parts. We desperately need each other and God is glorified when His people dwell together in unity.
What are ways in which you can intentionally pursue greater unity and interdependence with others within and beyond your immediate ministry context?
- Ask the Lord to unify us in spirit and in truth and reveal anything in our attitudes or behaviors that may prevent us from experiencing the love and unity that the Lord desires for His people.
- Pray for the combined session with Navigator ministry partners joining us from the President’s Gathering that they would be inspired and excited about all that God is doing in The Navigators.
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