I promise I am going to post a blog on the Worship Warehouse experience but I am just waiting for a few pics to post with it. Meanwhile, I am in Chicago with Trent chilling (literally) in our hotel room. It’s 30 degrees outside!
My kids are home with aunt Bec Bec so I am enjoying the peace and quiet and the word. The message bible is my favorite read and I suggest everyone read Romans out of it!
As I was reading I began to reflect on the years of ministry I have been in. I have learned a lot, seen a lot, heard a lot, but the 14th chapter of Romans is talking about relationships and this has been a continual learning process! I would venture to say that we remain divided within the body because we think “our way” is the truth and the light, which leads us to not accept people for various reasons. I used to be what my husband has termed a “whistleblower” and consider people out of the game if they didn’t measure up or give as much as I felt I did. This is so silly but I remember asking my pastor’s wife why people didn’t feel convicted about sitting in the back, and rushing out before the crowd! I grew up in a small church where it was implied that trouble is on the back row, and I was never allowed to sit back there! OMG!!
Don’t we all do this though in some way? Whether you see someone with a glass of wine, and you disagree with it, or you heard someone cuss sent them to hell for it, you should consider removing yourself from the judgement seat and let your convictions be yours. I have come to the place of understanding that there are far greater issues to tackle, like getting people saved before Jesus returns! Jesus loved people, and that love lead to repentance. If we could be transparent, we all need more of Jesus. Only God sees the heart of a man, and He’s the judge, so I took off my robe a while ago when I allowed him to show me my tendencies and shortcomings!
Now that I have been exposed to more theology, and forced to get my own understanding of the word, I have changed and opened up to a new freedom in Christ.
I love the story of a lady preparing a roast and her daughter asking her “what is the secret behind cutting the ends off?” The mother replied, “I don’t know, my mother just always did”. The lady called her mom and asked her why she always cut the ends off the roast. Her mother replied, “I just didn’t have a big enough pan!”
If we are not careful to study the word for ourselves, we could live our lives trapped by the way someone else did. I will always be thankful for my Godly heritage, and I realize that that I will not have to fight some battles because of it. Yet sometimes I just wonder where some of the laws came from that they placed on me growing up! No make-up, only cool-lots(what is that!), no jewelry, no red polish because that represents the devil. Grant it I was young and my parents escaped and freed up my brother and I somewhat. I still remember clearly hiding my earrings from my grandfather!
This is what Romans 14:13-14 has to say, “Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned with: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is.” Paul says, “I’m convinced–Jesus convinced me! That everything as it is in itself is holy. We of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, contaminate it. If you confuse others by making a big issue over what they eat or don’t eat, you’re no longer a companion with them in love, are you? These, remember are persons for whom Christ died. WOULD you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet?”
Read from the beginning of the chapter and notice it also says, “tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.”
That’s where I am now and where I have been for sometime now. I’m tending to my home because my hands are full.
I want everyone to read Romans chapter 14! We were all invited as guests at Christ’s table. What if we treated everyone as an individual that Christ died for instead of criticizing our brothers and sisters in Christ? I love how Paul asks, “And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly-or worse.” ( I didn’t say that, Paul did)