Crazy, humble people loving God
From football to politics, from offices to factories, there are people we naturally identify with. And people we don’t. There’s us and … well them.
In any church you’ll find people who want things to change and are always looking for greener grass; and those who are reluctant to change and are too happy in their comfort zones.
You’ll find those who are seeking a great spiritual experience, and those who are almost scared of the Holy Spirit working.
You’ll find those who love hymns, those who love songs from their childhood, those who love modern sounding music from big names and those who don’t care what the music is like as long as they can worship God through it.
You’ll find people who want church to be done ‘properly’ and reverently and those who prefer a relaxed easy going approach.
In a them & us world, it is easy to fall into viewing almost everything in them & us categories. The result is factions – and, where factions form, the result is friction and strained relationships. We end up competing against each other rather than trying to spur one another on to love and good works (Heb 10:24)
What’s the antidote? It’s not to pretend that we’re all the same. It’s not to gloss over the the differences. The antidote is humility and faith:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8, ESV)
This is your gift – through the gospel. The attitude and values, the faith and humility of Christ is your birthright as a Christian. This “them & us” world will only die when we are willing to lay down our pride – which is at the root our desire to be part of factions and cliques and ghettos.
This attitude – one where we don’t demand our rights or that everything is done our way – is the attitude that should be most evident in members of the church of the Living God. It’s not about becoming limp-wristed doormats. It’s about actually trusting that God is in control.
I don’t need to have the last word in an argument – because the last word belongs to God and he will not let me down.
I don’t need to take revenge on people who have hurt me – because vengeance belongs to God and he will not hesitate to bring justice – either through what Jesus has done, or through what he will do.
I don’t need to twist the truth to make me look better – because God will reveal the truth and, because of Jesus, I will be vindicated.
Jesus refused to cling on his privileges and, in so doing, he set us free to do the same and set an example for us to follow.
So let’s follow.