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An Eclectic Bunch We Are
11/28/2016

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Romans 12:3-5 (NKJV)

I remember receiving an email a few years ago from my friend Erik. He shared with me how God was changing him. He said his wife and he had been talking about the possibility of trading select pieces of bedroom furniture with their in-laws. He said there was a time when he wouldn’t have even considered it, because the furniture would no longer be matching in his bedroom. He told me as he was pondering his decision he began to think about how spoiled he had become, and realized his joy really didn’t come from perfectly matching furniture within his bedroom, but from his abiding relationship with Jesus. 

Having his mind renewed with truth and contentment in what God provides, Erik actually started to visualize the new additions to his furnishings, and said, “If asked about the furniture I would simply say, the collection of furniture was eclectic – meaning, ‘assorted.’ Erik said, “I picked Eclectic, because the word also has a synonym of “free,” and I feel this word best summed up the liberation I felt inside once freed from the vanity that had once consumed me.” He added, “Our Father isn’t going to care if the furniture in our house matches, but He is going to care if our lives are in line, or ‘matching’ with His.”

After hearing Erik say these things, it made me think of the way we are as people — we can tend to associate with others because we have the same likes or dislikes. We can find a bond because we do the same type of work, are the same color of skin, we root for the same sporting team, or simply drive the same car. But even though we can do this, we are still very much different types of people. We can see this same thing in Jesus’ 12 disciples.

When we think of the 12 disciples we could tend to think of a cohesive group of like minded men with similar attitudes, but this was not so. We can read from Scripture, Peter was known for his impulsive behavior (Matt. 18:10), while Andrew was eager to bring others to Jesus. Simon the Zealot was renowned and respected for his fierce patriotism, while Matthew was despised as he collected taxes for both the government and a little extra for himself. Bartholomew was known to be honest and straightforward, while Judas was both dishonest and deceiving—eventually even being called a devil by Jesus. 

I guess you can say, Jesus broke up the set and did some eclectic matching of His own — much like my friend Erik did with his furniture. The way I see it, we are all sort of mismatched furniture, and Jesus continues to blend us together. This isn’t a bad thing, because we actually can be blended together to make a beautiful complete set when we all have our eyes fixed on Jesus and eternity. Each one of us has a unique personality and strength — a perfect gift given by God to help the body.

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 1 Corinthians 12:13-18 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you; don’t be bummed if you find yourself a little different than some of the Christian people you associate with; in fact, embrace it and allow the light of Christ to be the common denominator between you. There will also be times when you interact with others who don’t share the same Christian beliefs — remember, you have been called to be the salt and light of this world, so let God shine through you during these times as well.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 12:13-18, what can we learn about our being different?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you embrace the diversity of people’s character, or do you look at them as if they are somehow less or even broke if they are different than you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Trust in where God has you, and choose to be salt and light to those who are in your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for making me the way You have. I understand we are all different in unique ways, but I choose to accept Your ability to use these differences for the good of the Christian body. Help me to be used today in helping others. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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