Converge C1M1 – Week 2 Devotion
Character Quality: Loyalty
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity,
so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them,
even as You have loved Me.
John 17:23 (NASB)
Things are about to get a little awkward. Things always get a little uncomfortable when talking about unity. But, once you realize that unity takes intimacy, it just gets awkward.
Intimacy is not something our culture promotes for the general public. We actually tend to only use the word “intimate” when discussing a romantic relationship. On a rare occasion, we may extend it to family relationships. But, never–never– would we use think to apply the word intimate or intimacy to the workplace.
But, quite honestly, how can we be unified with strangers?
Unity can be defined as:
- the state of being in full agreement.
- the quality or state of not being multiple.
- a condition of harmony.
- a resulting singleness of effect or symmetry and consistency of style and character.
Unless opinions, thoughts, and goals are discussed, your team cannot come to full agreement. Only with full agreement, can your team stop being multiples and become a signal unit. Until your team becomes a single unit with full agreement, will there be a condition of harmony. And only then, will the result be symmetry and consistency of style and character.
Christ sums it all up in one little sentence: “I in them and You in Me.” That’s intimacy and unity at its finest. Intimacy is familiarity taken to a deeper level. It gets past the basics; intimacy is focused not on what makes up the identity of a person, but why those things make up the identity of a person. Christ understands the identity of God because He intimately knows God. The same thing goes for Christ with the disciples. But what is interesting to note, is that while the disciples had different personalities, opinions, and backgrounds, they stood in unity after Christ left, a unity developed out intimacy.
Getting to know someone can be awkward. We are not use to it in the business world; we like to compartmentalize business and relationships. But, knowing and understanding someone doesn’t require you to be best friends with that person. But, if you get to know someone, you will begin to understand them. And if you can understand them, then you have the beginnings of unity at your fingertips. It takes humbleness, creativity, and wisdom to take it to the next level. But, unity first starts with intimacy.
This week’s action item:
- Take time this week to get to know a co-worker better.
Lord, thank you for bringing each of us into the other’s lives. Help us to move past the basic business relationship to a state of knowing one another better. In that knowledge, let us work alongside each other in unity. Amen.