Last night was a good night. My best friend who lives hundreds of miles away was in town, the BBQ was on point and we feasted and talked for hours. Being the same age, having families and serving on staff in our churches gives us lots of common ground.
It’s amazing how affective God can be through people who have opposite personalities, (my wife and I are a pretty good example of this dynamic). As I was in conversation with my friend, I realized how different we were in our approach to life, but how often we arrived at the same conclusion. Then it struck me…
...Ministry teams that are going to be effective must have diversity.
Within our design God made us to need each other...we are called to be “the body” of Christ...not the “dismembered limbs” of Christ. We were created to not only function well but to complement each other. That means that we balance each other...compromising and having loving candor with one another. This is what refines our lives...gives us a clear path going forward as we individually allow the Lord to work through how He designed us.
So the question is do we allow others to speak into our lives? Do we have our ears and hearts open to receive the complementary critique of those whom God has placed in our lives to give us balance?
My prayer for all of us as followers of Christ is that we can dwell in this place: Christ at the center. Unified Believers all around. And a world that sees just how powerful our God is.
All this because we recognize that, “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” 1 Corinthians 1.27-31
Love you guys!