“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.”– Cesar Chavez
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.- John 13:35 (NIV)
I recently sat down with a sister who provides services to the needy within our community to discuss how we can work together further. She shared from her perspective and I echoed some of her same sentiments. We agreed on one particular thing, though. We agreed that the we could no longer operate in a spiritual silo, believing as if God has only called us to serve in this ministry and no one else. That is what I call and consider a “spiritual silo.”
We have such silos existing in ministry, faith-based social services and outreach. We claim to believe that God sent His Son to save the world from sin, that we have the truth, and that we are called to share that truth with a world of unbelievers in His name. If that is so, we would do like D.L. Moody once said and we all would be missionaries. That isn’t our calling if we haven’t been called to do it and it may not be our calling alone. I cannot imagine God allowing all of these congregations, churches, missions and all of these other entities to be open in His name and not have a part or role to play in this whole work of salvation, evangelism and outreach, even good works.
Get out of the mindset of spiritual siloism. Climb out of that silo and start collaborating and coordinating with some other believers. God has more to offer than you could imagine. He can bring us together, humbling us and reminding us how much we need to work together in one accord to truly be in unity in His name.
Don’t know where to get started? Don’t know how? Start simple by simply asking who does similar or complimentary work for the Lord in your community. Then, once you have a list of names, pray over those names and seek God’s guidance on who to reach out to and spark a conversation centered around the work. It’s a start.