Thursday, July, 20, 2017 | 8:45 PM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13: 1 – 8
This has truly been an insightful and fascinating 11 months. The relevance of what we have studied together has been incredible. This is no less true with this week’s scripture. Do you remember back to the first few meetings of this class? We talked about the center of a sphere being a metaphor for the topic of discussion and that there would be many points of view of that topic. We also spoke about how this is an accountability group. We are there for one another, to help each other in our walk with Jesus Christ.
We support, encourage and hold each other accountable; but, what about our own walk? Do we test ourselves? Do we listen? Do we even hit the pause button long enough for the noise to stop? It’s tough, I know that there is so much going on in our world today. It is easy and convenient to diagnose the ills of everyone else and not “waste time” looking at our own heart, our own actions, listening to our own words. I am as guilty as anyone else out there. I have my personal battles; one from my youth is procrastination. I have been justly accused of being the person who put the pro in procrastination – I was that ‘good’. But here is the battle – at the heart of procrastination is convenience. As I have done this blog, I have come to value inconvenience. Rarely have writing these been convenient. Taking a long, hard look at scripture and applying it to your own walk – it is not convenient, but it is critical.
Do you know what else isn’t convenient? Swimming upstream, going against the proverbial tide. Our culture in the United States (actually, I think it is world-wide) has embraced the pseudo-gospel of diversity. Every time I read something about diversity it seems to be associated with either race or gender issues. It seems as though “everyone” wants their own way, to promote their own agenda for their own good and their own convenience. That is the way of the flesh; it wants what it wants, which is to raise itself up and justify its desires. Diversity is based on the physical and seeks to separate.
As a Christian, it makes me sick when I see churches wade into this naively unaware. Why? Because the focus, as a church, should be on unity not diversity. “Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you.” (2 Corinthians 13: 5) “And I will give them one heart and one purpose.” (Jeremiah 32:39) “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12” “For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth.” (2 Corinthians 13:8) Unity is about the unseen, the internal. Spiritual unity is what Christ desires. Imagine hearing a symphony orchestra in perfect balance and intonation where Christ is tuning each and every instrument to His heart. In playing that part, as He tunes you realize “I want to be what Christ wants me to be.” That is why we must test ourselves. In this we can fully understand the illustration the Louis Giglio used about 10 years ago – Laminin. Laminin is the 3 strand cell adhesion molecule which is in the shape of the cross. Christ on the cross is what unites us one and all.
As of 2015, there were approximately 7.347 BILLION people on planet Earth. Consequently, there could be that many different opinions. In spite of that, as Christians we are called to be one. Maybe instead of Moving Forward, we should simply First Be United. As one of my favorite hymns declares, “We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the LORD.” Now is the time (do not procrastinate), I encourage you to “examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)