25th August 2012

The Only Sensible Response – Equality

“Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion”
Romans 12:16 (NKJV)

God places great emphasis on the quality of receiving everyone equally.  The apostle James tells us that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).  James is very strong on this point and says that it is this part of our human nature that is the cause of wars and fights! (verse 1).

No one likes a smart-aleck or someone who always thinks they are right, usually when all around know they are wrong.  This does not make for unity and togetherness which is clearly the thrust of this guidance from the apostle Paul.

When we remember that we are going to spend eternity together, it sheds a very different light on how we should view, and behave toward, our fellow human beings.  If we believe we have the edge in this life it should make us very humble, causing us to be very careful how we use our gifts and to be sure they are used for the common good.  Once again we meet here our worst enemy–selfishness.  Keeping to ourselves what God has given us for the benefit of all, and in so doing, denying the very purpose of the gift.

God has actually made us to need each other.  No one has got it all together, we are all an incomplete mix of gifts, and though they are a blessing, they must be combined with gifts of others to be complete and effective in their use.  Remember God is bringing together a family, not a group of isolated individuals.  It delights our Father when he sees his children working together, giving and receiving, sharing what he has given them, for the good of all as we work together to fulfil his great purpose.

Father in heaven, thank you for the gifts that you have given me.  May I recognise the gifts you have given others and rejoice that together we can accomplish the purpose for which we are called and gifted.

Study by David Stirk

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