Sunday, 22 December 2013

Just Another Day in the Boxing Ring Called Church?

“… until we all attain to
the unity of the faith …”

Pardon me for being a doubting Thomas, but lately I’m becoming more and more convinced that this side of Glory, we will never see that day described in this verse from Ephesians 4:13. I will spare you all the gory details and gracelessness (on my part) that led me to this conclusion, but let me simply say, God still has a lot of work to do in me. I do not wish to point fingers, but in truth, maybe He still has a lot of work to do in most of us before “we all attain to the unity of the faith.” Ugh!

This afternoon I turned once again to a favorite little devotional by Watchman Nee called, “A Table in the Wilderness.” Though I have quoted from it many times before, today’s selection was especially relevant. He wrote:
“To have constant close association with people whose interpretation of Scripture does not tally with ours is hard for the flesh, but good for the spirit. We may have right views, but God is giving us an opportunity to display a right attitude; we may believe aright, but He is testing to see if we love aright. It is easy to have a mind well stored with sound scriptural teaching, yet a heart devoid of true love. Oh, for Christian tolerance! Oh, for largeness of heart! Alas! that many of God’s children are so zealous for the light they have that they immediately label as outsiders, and treat as such, all whose interpretation of Scripture differs from theirs. God would have us walk in love towards all who hold views contrary to those so dear to us. Nothing so tests the spirituality of a teacher as opposition to his teaching.”
"Oh, for Christian tolerance! Oh, for largeness of heart!" For me, that Watchman Nee thought is a timely message. Truly, it is something to think about. May God help each of us to get to the point where we actually do, “attain to the unity of the faith.”

Or do we even want that? Hmm, sometimes I wonder.

Peace & Blessings.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh, thank you for your post. It is such a true statement that has penetrated my heart.