“I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntche to agree with each other in the Lord.” Philippians 4:2
It seems there were issues in the church at Philippi. The Apostle Paul gave several clues as to what was going on behind the scenes as he addressed and instructed concerning their conduct, conflicting teachings, the “Hatfiields & McCoys and more. In short, things were a mess. Of course, his letters to the church in Corinth are addresses of even messier messes! Welcome to New Testament church life. However, I heard the church described recently in a way that really captured the essence of how God sees His people… This Beautiful Mess.
Servant Leader, do you find yourself in a constant state of discontent because there always seems to be “issues” that need to be addressed in your ministry? Are you continually kept awake at night because of the challenges your ministry is facing as you seek to carry out your God-given vision? Are you just fed up with some of your leaders and/or people who just can’t or won’t get along? Then, welcome to the Beautiful Mess that was and is kingdom life. Will you address some of these messes and see the Spirit bring resolve through the Word and wise counsel? Sure. However, will there be more to replace them? Yep! “Clean-up on isle five!”
Check out “This Beautiful Mess – Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God” by Rick McKinley. Just click on the book link above for a preview. I normally don’t recommend something I haven’t read, but this one comes highly recommended. Agree or disagree with its premise, it is bound to challenge you to see conflict and challenge in life and ministry in a much different light.
Glad to be part of this whole Beautiful Mess,