Saturday July 10th, 2010
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you, to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
My Christian brothers and sisters, you were called for a purpose. God doesn’t call people to come and see (John 1:39) without telling them to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18). Not everyone will be a pastor, but not everyone should want to. Pastor’s are important, but they are not the most important. In God’s kingdom, the least is most important. Those are the people who no one notices, but they do God’s work quietly and gently, speaking the Word of God in their workplace and living it’s example in front of their co-workers. They accept persecutions and sufferings from others without fighting back because that’s what Jesus did. They raise their children to love the Lord and to read the Word. If you are called to be a Pastor, and you are not pastoring, then you are failing to do what God’s called you to. I am called to teach the Word of God. If I am not teaching, then I fail at doing what God has called me to. But if God calls you to talk to homeless or elderly or another group of people that has the potential to smell bad, (maybe the sick and dying) then you must do it. No excuses. You can’t look at a pastor and wish you were standing behind a pulpit. Paul wrote this as a prisoner of Christ (even though he was probably under house arrest in Rome at this time) and a convict told me that prisoners have no rights. They do, sleep, eat as they are told. If we are prisoners of Christ, then we have no rights. “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all.” (Galatians 4:1 (Read the rest of that section, at least until verse 7. It’s great stuff. I might get to it on another day.)) We are children of God, are we not? Are we so fast to consider ourselves grownups? How childish of us. I teach children (by law, a child is anyone under the age of 18. Until then, they are not fully responsible, by law of man, not God, for their actions) of all ages and they all want to be older. Little kids want to be big kids and big kids want to be teens and teens want to be adults. There are so many high schoolers that think they are too mature to hang out with high schoolers and always like to hang out with college students. They are in such a hurry to grow up and be respected like an adult, that they give up the humility of being a child. Jesus says we must be like children in regards to humility. I remember hated being called a child when I was twelve. I insisted that my parents called me a young adult. I read books from the young adult section of the library. I was in such a hurry to grow up. Now, I’m almost 30. Still not old, but I’m that I’m grown up, I wish I could take my current understanding and be a kid again. I don’t want to escape my responsibility, but I want to retry all those opportunities that I lost knowing that they don’t all come back. If I could have actually been more mature instead of insisting that was, I would have been able to help more people and get more out of the relationships that I had. We seek respect and admiration so much from other people that we forget to seek praise from God. Jesus says that if we are His friends, we’ll do what He says. (John 15:14) He’s called you for a purpose. If you are still a child, be okay with being a child. If you are grown up, put away the childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11) Be content in any situation. (Philippians 4:11) Do all as you are doing them for Christ. (Ephesians 6:5-6) There is no competition in the kingdom of Heaven. There is no room for competition in the heart of the believer. Playing sports is one thing, but thinking or feeling that your better than someone else is another. Trying to win is one thing, but trying to make someone else lose is another. People coming to your church or Bible Study is great, but if you are just stealing people from another church or Bible Study, you are not helping anyone. We are all one and should be helping each other. 1 Peter 2:4 calls us living stones. We are building up His one church. We are cells in His body, each working a specific purpose to make the whole body function. Any part of the body that stops functioning its purpose and starts serving only itself is called cancer. How much cancer is there is the body of Christ today? One day, He will Radiate and remove our cancerous cells, but for now, He leaves them in, giving them the chance to change their ways. If you are not willing to work with the rest of the body, and feel you must go create your own church or teaching or style or movement, I would advise you to seek God continually in prayer. God does call people out to start new good works, but if He’s not calling you personally, you are in danger of being a false teacher and leading others astray. We must work together. We will spend forever together in heaven, why can’t we get along now?
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