We were all created with a unique personality and set of skills and talents. God meets us all where we are, so why is it so difficult to understand that different people relate to different teaching. Some of us are given the ability to evangelize and bring people to salvation, while others are blessed with the ability to build up, edify and challenge those who are already saved. Now I’m not implying that we can’t do both, but some people are really gifted at reaching the unsaved, others are teachers, and still others have servants hearts. We all have a part to play and we are at our best when we move in the areas we are gifted in.
We need to lay down our need to be right and realize that God has designed different churches to reach different people. Have you noticed that there seems to be so much competition among churches and different denominations? It seems that some people spend more time telling people why other churches aren’t doing things the way that they should be done and less time just speaking the truth that God has revealed to them.
The world is watching us and I believe that we are turning people who want to believe away by criticizing others way of doing things. We are called to be different than the rest of the world and I believe when people see us arguing and tearing each other down they can’t see any difference between us and the rest of the world. We need to examine our motives when we point out what we believe others are doing wrong.
If we look to Jesus as our example we see that He spent most of His time in His ministry sharing the truth in love. Yes there were those times when He confronted the religious leaders, but He did it in full view of them and the public. We need to make sure before we speak out against another that God is truly guiding our words and it’s not out of our own pride.
I Corinthians 12:12-14 “Just as a body, though one has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
These verses speak to me about the kingdom of God and not just a specific church. This subject is too big for one short blog, so I will continue to delve into what God has been revealing to me in the coming days. Please feel free to share your feelings.