Today’s devotion brings another edition of “Balance in the Christian Life” with this thought, “A Balanced Christian Life Will Involve Welcoming.” My text is Romans 15:5-7, where we see, “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” (KJV) Living a balanced Christian life, not only involves separation from this ungodly world and apostasy, but it also involves fellowship, unity and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our text commands us, “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”
Many times, we can get caught up in the battle between good and evil, true Christianity and the Contemporary Movement, that we can fall into the trap of looking at all believers with suspicion rather than looking at them as fellow members of the Body of Christ. In this Laodicean Day, we must be cautious and exercise discernment concerning our associations with others, but we must never exclude another brother or sister in Christ just because they don’t agree with us on every single issue that we feel is important. Instead, we must be longsuffering and patient because as the song says “He’s still working on me! To make ME what I OUGHT TO BE!” No matter how spiritual and separated from this world’s defilement a growing Christian may become, we all fall far short of the glory of God! With every finger we may accusingly point at another brother, there are more pointing right back at our own self! The bottom line is, if another brother or sister don’t live like we think they should, we need to give God time to work in their life as well as giving God the opportunity to work in our own heart and life as well, because nobody will arrive to total and complete maturity in Christ in this walk of life. We all are a work in progress!
Pastor Joey Durham