Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Different is Good

Team Chemistry: Part 4

Unity is essential if we are going to make disciples of all nations.  For that reason Jesus prayed that all of his followers would be united.  Our unity becomes a magnet that draws people into God's Kingdom.

Since the task of making disciples is so big no one person or even no one church family can do it all alone.  We need the encouragement, talents, and wisdom of one another in our quest to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world.

 We can have unity when we remember that We Are Different from Each Other.  (1 Corinthians 12:21-24a)

It is so easy to fall into the mindset that my way is the best way.  One of the fads that fell over the Church in the United States during the past decade was the Purpose Driven model of organizing a church, based on the principles developed by Rick Warren.

Still today Church Families advertise their open positions by saying they are a Purpose Driven Church. This makes me smile because I know they had just grabbed a hold of fad.  I also know of pastors who have come to believe that if you are not following the Purpose Driven Model you are doing Church wrong.

Here is the thing we are all different.  People are different, areas of the country are different, cultures are different, and generations are different.  What worked well even 15 years ago may not work well today.  Something that might work well with an introvert like me may not work very well for an extrovert like my friend Sam.  What works well in New York City won't necessarily work well in Austin, MN. We need to remember that just because something is different doesn’t make it bad.

On the flip side we have to realize that we don’t have to become like someone else to be successful. Rather we need to discover what works well for us, our Church Family, and for our community.  We don’t need to be a carbon copy of another person or church, that is not what we have been called to do.  God created us to be us, and so we need true to who we are.  Whether we are an eye, a nose, or an ear in the body of Christ.

Unity is achieved when we accept and respect the difference in each other.

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