Week 48 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Romans 12: 3 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. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
The Roman church which Paul had not yet visited t the time of this writing had gained a reputation for a sort of Jew and Gentile apartheid. The news must have traveled throughout the provinces and disturbed Paul greatly. He undertook to explain to the church there that Christianity was not just a Jewish thing, and was not strictly a Gentile thing. It has always amazed me that I find prejudice thriving in many churches today.
I come from a pastoral background among poorer people who seemed to be able to come together to worship without all of the constraints fo race, culture, or income, or any of the other “great dividing lines” extant in the church today. One political party after another claims to be a “big tent” party presumably reinforcing some idea or other that they are inclusive.
Truly the most inclusive group today should be the “body of Christ.” There is room for everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and that they are working through the power of His Holy Spirit to turn away from their lives of sin and walk in the holiness and righteousness made possible only in Jesus.