The desire to be recognized drives division in an organization.
In preparation for last Sunday’s message, I briefly read 1 Corinthians 11. The chapter begins with a very interesting statement about division. I read it as something of a sarcastic statement by Paul, one of the Church’s premier leaders in the first century.
“But, of course, there must be divisions among you so that you who have God’s approval will be recognized!” (1 Corinthians 11.19).
That’s a powerful insight. When those who believe they have “God’s approval” (as opposed to others having God’s approval), they need division in order to stand out. Division is the only way for them to be recognized, to be seen as “set apart” from the rest.
The desire for recognition can cause division in an organization. And division is a hindrance to the organization’s mission!