If you worked for a company, would you not follow its rules? Would you not sumbit to your supervisor/boss/employer? Would you not try to attain the company's goals? Would you not adopt its vision?
How much more in the Kingdom of God? How much more for your church?
That is what people don't understand. They don't understand that the church is not just a family, but it is a company. It has rules. It has people in authority. It has goals. It has a vision. The church does not exist merely to entertain people. The church exists to fulfill Jesus' calling: "Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations" Matthew 28:19.
This is what people seem to understand: we are one body in Christ.
Yes, we are one body in Christ. We are parts in this Body, and we all have different functions. This means that we are all children of God, and to us, God has given different gifts. These gifts are meant to be used for the furtherance of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Ponder on this: if your arm does whatever it wants, where would you be? If your right foot decides to walk right and your left foot walk left, where would you be? If your eyes decide to sleep while the rest of your body is driving a car or riding a bicycle or swimming or walking, where would you be?
We are one body in Christ and we have different gifts. The catch is: we can't go off and do whatever we please.
"You have gifts. Great! Bring it! We have different gifts, but we march together" Winnie Houghes of Harvest World Outreach during One More Soul conference in Lousiana.
If you are part of a church, you submit to your pastor. You submit to the elders. You submit to your ministry head. You submit to whoever is above you.
If you are part of a church, you follow its rules. You work your best to reach its goals. You adopt its vision, submit to the vision, and love that vision.
Why? Because Jesus said, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand" Matthew 12: 25.
For Biblical exegesis' sake: Jesus was countering the Pharisees' explanation of how Jesus is able to drive out demons. The Pharisees claimed that Jesus drives out demons because he is from a demon. Jesus countered by saying that Satan's kingdom will be divided if his demons drove out demons who are possessing people. Thus, Jesus said he is not from Satan, and it is only left to deduct that Jesus is from God.
For life application sake: if church members have their own visions, that church cannot stand.
We have different gifts, and that is great. Bring those gifts under the vision, and it will be greater.
If you don't march under the same vision of your church, don't expect to be used. In fact, expect to be brought down from whatever ministry you are in now.
A company will not use you if you don't march under its vision. In fact, you'll get fired, if you were hired in the first place.
If a secular company knows not to use anyone who is not with them, how much more a company of God ?
How much more in the Kingdom of God?