If we keep our focus on building the kingdom of God instead of our own kingdoms we will watch out more for each other instead of bringing each other down. Unity overcome and division causes defeat. A kingdom against itself cannot stand. We as believers in Christ belong to the same kingdom whether we like each other or don’t. Satan knows that if he can cause us to fight against each other and to bring each other down, his job is to sit back and laugh at us.
The kingdom of God suffers violence regularly and part of the violence is caused by us against one another. What we forget is that Satan does not walk around confronting us face to face but uses people who allow him to use them knowingly or unknowingly. Our goal as believers should be focused on how we are growing the kingdom of God by our actions and words towards others instead of focusing on how someone else’s bad situation exalts us over them. If your sister’s dress has rip on the back, don’t show it to everyone accusing her of dressing in a bad fashion. Point it out to your sister because most probably, she may not be aware her dress has a rip on the back. Instead spreading negative talk you heard about someone, talk to that person and at least find out facts before spreading it if you must.
Good example; When I left my work position as a chaplain, I was trying to update my face book. I was working from home and as I tried to type this on my job position, I noticed many descriptions came up regarding working from home. I clicked on one of them and saved it without realizing it was a horrible Facebook site. After some time, I noticed some people making sweeping statements that were directed at me working home but could not understand why they were doing this. Eventually, I opened my Facebook to public to inspire others. I was shocked at the friend requests I was getting which made me look into Facebook closely and try to understand more about the Facebook world. It was then I scrolled all the way down only to find the Facebook I had associated with and I was in total shock because I had no idea such horrible Facebook existed let alone the fact that I had saved one of them as my place of work. All along, I received attacks but had no idea why. Instead of someone consulting me about it, some attacked me and some avoided me all together. Satan uses situations like this to keep us divided because he knows that if he can divide us he can fight and win over us.
Our worst enemy is competition against each other. When one of our feet step forward to walk, the other foot doesn’t work at getting ahead. It holds the ground stead to support the body. In the same way. We should hold our ground steady to support the kingdom of God instead of trying to chase to win over our brother or sister who stepped ahead. If we all keep moving forward in our positions, we will make it and what will matter is not how far ahead we are but how faithful we have been with what was committed to us.
The bible calls us to do whatever we can to be in unity and to restore one another. When we stay together, we fight strong. We should do our best to avoid friendly fires because what they do is destabilize the kingdom of God. Let us not be too quick to judge but instead seek every opportunity possible to restore our own who are in God’s kingdom.
19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul[f] from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20 NKJV).
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."