“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again I say[c] to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (The Holy Bible NKJV Matt. 18:18-20)
These are the words of Jesus as He spoke to His disciples. They remain timeless & powerful words which few people in their lifetime ever unlock fully. Sometimes out of ignorance, sometimes it’s just out of sheer dismissal, “well that’s not for me” and sometimes out of misinformation or misinterpretation.
We can think of many reasons why this truth is simply never explored to its fullest but that would beat the intention of sharing on the power of agreement.
Something as basic as wood work applies the concept of “agreement of two”. Consider the mortise and tenon joints – a hole and a tongue which are seemingly simple yet so strong and a perfect fit that can sustain the weight exerted on them.
How about the ignition system of a car; all it takes is a strong spark between two points on the spark plug for the electricity required to start up a car. Procreation that results in children being born is a consequence of the power of agreement. When GOD Almighty was creating the earth and mankind, HE said, “Let us…” A statement that suggests that there was agreement between the parties present. GOD the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT. This agreement resulted in a creation that can never be replicated. Agree is a term that originates from “homologos” (of one mind) which means to speak the same, to assent, to declare openly and to speak out freely.
In this modern world we all want to achieve so much but the foundation of our actions is normally so warped. We make business deals with hidden agendas and cards hidden under the table, husband and wife rarely have sit down moments to chart the course of their life together, yet it is in those moments that they can make sincere agreements that take them to new levels of a better life together; parents and children miss out on family moments where much can be structured for a better future. Yet large corporates seem to have discovered the secret power of agreement and buffer the flawed foundations with partnership deeds, non-disclosure agreements, contracts with exit clauses, legally binding promissory notes etc. I have often heard the phrase “make peace with oneself” and I have associated it with the all that inner healing mantra that goes around. But recently I have realized that even Christ our role model exemplifies the power of agreement. In the garden of Gethsemane it was HIM and the Father and HIS prayer spoke volumes about where HE was in HIS life. At the point of HIS greatest assignment which no else could do. HE had the option of walking away or doing it differently, but HE knew that what was before HIM was for the best and that it was the reason HE was alive as man.
There are times in this lifetime that each of us have to take a step away from the rest of the world, no matter how much we love it, to reconnect with our mission in life. A moment when our members (spirit, soul and body) submit as one to the authority of GOD in doing HIS will through us, sometimes prescribed as our assignment on earth. Getting to such a place gives us a renewed vision and an invincible sense of overcoming any challenge we face.
The power of agreement is such that incoming doubts are not allowed to settle. Anything contrary to what is believed is not given room for occupation. Consequences of any decision taken are faced bravely and victories are celebrated without shame or apologies. It is said that a nation divided cannot stand. You are a nation unto yourself and you cannot purport to be on a journey of purpose, career, business or bringing up a family if you self-doubt or keep second guessing yourself. It is also true that the power of agreement cannot be fully experienced in absence of GOD Almighty, our maker. At the beginning of mankind HE said “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness…” There is more to me than even I can see and the same applies to you. Your members cannot be in agreement in the absence of CHRIST.
As we pause on this subject, let us consider a mountaineer. To successfully go up to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Everest, one must resolve in his heart, mind and spirit to push his body through the exercise required and develop the discipline to climb. If halfway through the climb the mountaineer entertains the thought that he can’t make it, his body will respond by exhibiting the fatigue and once these two combine, the climbing comes to an end and it won’t be at the peak. The power of agreement calls for discipline, accountability, responsibility, maturity, selflessness, commitment and faith. Do we have it?“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance” - STEVE JOBS Click To Tweet