Friday, March 14, 2008

we belong, but are different

In Jesus we belong to each other. I mentioned somewhere in the blog world recently that I would like to take my Greek New Testament to church gathering on Sundays, but just can't do it, because I don't want the people there to think I'm not one of them. I also have to watch out for insidious pride, in thinking myself in any way to be superior. Though being able to read, in my case more than rusty and not an expert, but being able to read from that is no different than learning any language, and alot easier from what I've been told than classical Greek. And I could go into how having a good Bible translation, and there are many, is all one really needs with the help of God and helps God gives us, to hear his word and walk in his way in Jesus.

We are also different. Maybe this will help me to be able to take my Greek New Testament to church gathering. I happen to love language and trying to read from that book. I have my niche that I like to work on, though I'm no expert, really, on anything. More like a jack of some trades and master of none. But we have to accept the fact that though we're all one family in Jesus, and none better than the other, we also have different gifts, and we are a different gift to each other and the world, and even to ourselves, from God in the will of God in Jesus.

We each have something very special to share from God, whether in gifts of speaking or serving. Let's humbly accept who we are, and who others are, delighting in all the good gifts God has given to each one of us in Jesus.

What thoughts might you have here?

6 comments:

Rachel Mc said...

How cool is God? I have been asked a couple of times to read at Sunday service but I have always said "no". (What if I trip, stumble or can't pronounce a tough word?) I read your post this morning and the head of the litergical committee called this afternoon to say the person who was supposed to read had to back out...and would I be interested? I said yes. So Sunday I will be reading Matthew 21:1 -17. I need to go practice!

Mike said...

We are all differnt and yet united. Sometimes there is a desire to make everyone the same. It is the differances that are import because they show GOD's sovereign rule over our lives. Differnt is good.

Charity Singleton said...

Ted -- Letting these two things be true at one -- common yet different -- are among the mysteries of the Bible that are hard to live out. Yet, this one is a particular beautiful aspect of what it means the church when we can truly accept it.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Rachel,
Cool. I'm sure you'll do just fine. Just let it flow out of you, as in reading a letter from the dearest of Friends to those that are loved.

Glad the post somehow was an encouragement to you.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Mike,
Yes. If we were all the same, we would not fit together very well, you might say, as 1 Corinthians 12 does say in the body analogy.

We need to embrace those differences. I have to be careful not to want what I see in others to the point of despairing with what I do have and who I am, in Jesus.

Thanks for the good words.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Charity,
So true. Each of us has a special place in that beauty which is of the Lord. And this is to be realized in this life, here and now.

Wonderful. And thanks!