After the recent tragic terrorist attack in France, people all over the world promised to pray for those that were injured and suffered great loss. But the response from some in the church surprised me a bit. However, it seems to follow a popular trend.
When you commit to pray for France, someone asks, why aren’t you praying for Somalia?
When you raise money for a short term missions trip, someone asks, why don’t you just give the money to the country in need?
When you stand up against a company that supports abortion, someone asks, why don’t you stand up against every company that does anything wrong ever?
When you adopt from China, someone asks, why don’t you adopt from our own country?
When you become a missionary to a prosperous nation, someone asks, why don’t you go to 3rd world country?
When you fight for the rights of Christians in this country, someone asks, why don’t you fight for the rights of Christians in Iraq?
With all of these complaints coming from other Christians ,it makes me wonder, why the constant critique of others compassion?
The answer is simple. We have have forgotten what it says in I Corinthians 12 and fallen into the trap of comparison.
We are all different. And the temptation is to look on at the work someone else is doing for the kingdom, and deem it less important than the work you are doing, or the work that you assume needs to be done. The Bible however, has a different angle.
We could all benefit from a daily reading of I Corinthianas 12:
12 For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ.
We are all in this together!!
14 So the body is not one part but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
All of our callings are different but equal!! There are too many feet complaining that the hands aren’t seeing enough. I have read countless grace focused bloggers bemoaning the actions of the legally focused Christians not realizing the tremendous irony. The legal minded Christians are fighting for their very right to blog about Christ (and even complain about them!)
18 But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body JUST AS HE WANTED (I just love that!)
19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 Now there are many parts, yet one body.
21 So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary.
We NEED each other! Yet we constantly fight each other instead of the real and present enemy. And he wins.
… God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Let’s read that last bit again:
So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
You follow your calling and encourage others in their calling.If someone is serving God in a way that you feel is ineffective? Take it to the Lord before Twitter! You confirm your own calling, and walk in it. In these days we are living in, it would behoove the church to join together and work towards answering the clarion call and prayer of our Savior in John 17, that we would be one as He and the Father are one.
They will know we are Christians by our love for whom? For ONE ANOTHER.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.