“Come together, right now…”

November 20, 2009

“…Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7ff

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10


We all know not to look down on or judge people.  Ethnicity, gender, the way a person looks: there is a ton of ways a person can be looked down upon.

One can see a huge problem related to this going on right now in Derry.  Obviously there is been a ton of judgement in Northern Ireland based on religion.  But I think it s important to notice as well that not all of that is based on a Protestant/Catholic conflict.  I feel like there are issues as well between the churches who wouldn’t be as involved with those denominations.  I believe competition and judgement can be seen in the relations between these churches: attitudes that can only be detrimental to the fulfilment of their God-given purpose.

God loves everyone.  Building a church isn’t like a competitive team sport; there shouldn’t be any rivalry with other churches.  It shouldn’t be about loyalty, winning, having more members, or doing better services.  Focus shouldn’t even be on saving more souls! We should be concerned with glorifying God, and fulfilling the purpose He has for our church!  Competing with or putting down others doesn’t improve our ministry.  Keeping our eyes focused on God and the things He wants us to do will make our ministry all it can be.

I keep coming back to how God refers to us as the body of believers.  It says in 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”  We are all for one and one for all, connected in that we have been saved by the blood of Jesus.  It doesn’t matter if we go to Cornerstone or some other church.  As long as we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died and rose again, and as long as we’ve given our lives to serve Him, then we’re in this together!

So there shouldn’t be any competition, shouldn’t be any discord, and shouldn’t be any dislike.   Were all on the same team working towards the same goal! 

            “ Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace…” Colossians 3:15

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