Friday Devotional: Building upward from a foundation of brotherhood and unity.
You may have noticed it already but we are putting a lot of effort into defining and explaining our five key success factors through blog posts, chapter visits or changes in programming both nationally and locally. We identified those areas that are critical for success and are committed to the implementation of such things. As a reminder, the key success factors are pledgeship and recruitment, chapter meetings, cell groups, social and campus presence and leadership.
With all this said, I believe it is imperative that we do not omit the most foundational piece of our fraternity; the area which should infiltrate all that we do and all that we are. That is brotherhood and unity in Christ.
It is crucial that we do not lose sight of this starting point. The success factors are great and important, but those things which are important lose their effectiveness if they are not grounded in Christ. Without Christ at our foundation and centerpiece those areas of success are in vain and will not stand.
As an example, in Matthew 7 Jesus talks about building your house on a rock.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” -Matthew 7:24-27
In the same way, we must build our brotherhood on a solid foundation. The moment we focus on ourselves or the house itself (the fraternity) is the moment we compromise the very purpose and identity of who we are. There are zero doubts in my mind that you can have quality in pledgeship and recruitment, chapter meetings, cell groups, social/ and campus presence and leadership with Christ being centric. I would actually argue that it is essential to be more effective and successful.
Every part of our success factors are good but if we are building those upon another foundation then we are simply wasting our time. Be mindful to get back to the basics, to simplify our mission and to remember the truth. It is of utmost importance that we as an organization stay true to who we are. And not just recognize that foundation but allow it to permeate and consume all of which we are. Nothing we do is mutually exclusive from Christ. He is preeminent (Colossians 1:15-20). Therefore we should strive to put love, truth, honor and grace at the front and center of what we do.