“Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.”1st Corinthians 12:31
I believe that God uses fellowship to show us what we’re made of, we hang with those that will deliver or fill the need we’re seeking. I remember one of the first signs of spiritual maturity was the people I could fellowship with. It was as if all the terms of engagement for the company I kept were different. I began to develop a tolerance for people that in the past I wouldn’t be associated with. People who now had a common interest with me.
First of all I’m a New York fan, and to be around all you Philly fans, forget about it.
I had pet peeves that if people did certain things, that was it, you’re done.
Pet peeves, what is a pet peeve? Those things that annoy you, that push your buttons. An intolerance that causes you to lose it. Fill in the blank; I hate those people that…..
Well, there are just some things that I’ve got a discontentment about.
I know that 1Ti 6:6 tells us that “godliness with contentment is great gain”.
I believe that God gives us a discontentment towards things that He wants us to do something about, a Holy discontent, and pet peeves don’t qualify. First we must be able to get along. To work with each other, to believe in the common goal and the mission that with the unity of the Holy Spirit and the unity of one another so we could accomplish great things. We should examine ourselves, first of all how is your fellowship with one another.
If we’re willing to take care of the sin in our life or as one Chaplain put it “keep short accounts”, God can use us.
Luke tells us in the 6th chapter “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye”.
We see a lot of people today doing things that, although they have a good motive, the action is in the flesh and the outcome is not at all how God intended. Sometimes our strong conviction or discontentment outside the perimeters of how God wants us to handle it causes more harm than good. Some of our protests and bans on certain things show how hypocritical and judgmental we are. I recall a spokesperson confronting a protester about the Ten Commandments and prayer not being in public schools. He asked, “Do you have them in your house and do you pray in your house every day?” Paul says in 1st Corinthians 5 “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside”? Now I’m not saying we should stand for what’s right but until we get chapter 13 of 1st Corinthians down we need be careful.
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). If we are going to win the lost to Christ we’re going to have to do a better job at working and getting along with one another. Amen! – Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This: Grace finds us beggars but leaves us debtors. —Augustus Toplady
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24