Meeting is Called to Order
by Danny Tariman
“Each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.” (Philippians 2:3)
I had attended a number of meetings recently and there is one common thing I had observed: exchange of ideas are heated, two opposing views are shot at the same time while voices are raised. It is almost chaotic.
As I was going out of the room after the meeting, a leader appeased me “Danny, I hope you won’t get disappointed with the way the meeting went. We are like that, and after the meeting we remain friends.”
Deep inside, I thought “Yes, it is alright that you remain friends. But as Christian leaders, I believe, we should exercise restraint.”
The Bible is very clear about it: we should in humility, treat each another as more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3).
When someone is speaking, we should let him speak his view, without interruption.
When you have another view or suggestion, wait for your turn to speak, wait until the person speaking is finished.
You may raise your hand so the leader can acknowledge your wanting to speak, but control yourself not to speak until the one speaking is done.
There were instances that because the argument is heated, the speakers don’t hear any more the leader’s call to order; to the point that the leader is disregarded.
I urge you to pay all deference to such leaders … and be subject to them (1Cor 16:16 MSG)
The Bible tells us that we should give deference to our leaders.
Webster dictionary defines “deference” as “a yielding in opinion; submission of judgment to the opinion or judgment of another. Hence, regard; respect.”
It is a call of God upon us Christians, that we should yield and submit to our leaders with respect.
When the leader or presider speaks, everyone should listen. And listen attentively.
I pray that the next time you have a meeting, let it be a meeting called to the Lord’s order, and may you have great success in your meetings!