Then the men of Judah said to the Simeonites their brothers, ‘Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours'” (Judg 1:3).
After the death of Joshua there arose a wicked king named Adoni-bezek that was creating havoc in the land. He prided himself in defeating his enemies and cutting off the big toes and thumbs of his enemies. He had done this to seventy kings. Now, without Joshua to lead them, the people wondered how they were to defeat this wicked king. Until this time, every King had attempted to defeat Adoni-bezek themselves and had lost.
The Lord told them they were to join forces with the other tribes in order to defeat this wicked king. “When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes” (Judg 1:4-6).
God is calling the Body of Christ – ICS – to operate in unity in order to defeat the wickedness in our cities. However, the key to victory is a willingness for our leaders and members to work together as a unified army.
Jesus said, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23). God calls each of us individually and corporately to represent Christ to the world, but our independence, pride and individualism often prevent us from becoming unified in the purposes of Christ. The Church must come together to bless the city with practical initiatives that benefit the city [We need to ask the Lord to be sensitive in this matter and apply what is doable to make an evangelistic impact].
When unity takes place among us – when all ministry heads and church leaders in ICS focus on the purposes of God – Jesus will respond by allowing the city to respond to Jesus. You will see more fruitful evangelism, favor among city leaders and an impact on the city you never thought possible.
Source: Os Hillman