I came across the below today, an absolute bit of genius writing. Of course, it made me realize that for the most part, I can do little but share what others have so brilliantly articulated. Enjoy!!
I don’t know if it’s necessary to state the obvious, but I will.
I am a part of my church not because it is around the corner from my house. Not because it is conveniently located in a state I love. Not because it is filled with perfect specimens of Christianity. Not because the leadership there always makes the right and best decisions. And not because I have found there perfect theology or perfect community.
I am covenanted to my church because it is filled with people who are desperately seeking life and godliness in the context of the Gospel.
I am committed to walking alongside them, to submit myself to them, to seeing their lives be compelled by the Gospel, and committed to them committing the same to me. I am accountable to my leadership. I seek the counsel of godly men and women to whom the Lord has given positions of authority, knowing that their best interest is not my interest, but the Gospel.
I am safe there.
I am heard there.
I am challenged there.
I am pushed there.
I am called there.
I am loved there.
I am known there.
If the leadership at my church begins to stir up controversy with their sermons or books, or if they let a wolf run rampant among their sheep, or I feel a definite check in my spirit (and not simply the itch of serving alongside broken people in a broken world), I would consider that my business.
But as for the rest, I give it a rest. In the context of local church, it’s not my job to police the world, it’s my job to serve quietly, lead well, counsel gently, love deeply, walk humbly, do justly in the lives with whom I’m covenanted.
We are not pastored by podcasts, theologized by twitter, or found in Facebook. Our pointed fingers are unnecessary to bring about the union of all things eternal. God has this, He’s on His throne, His eyes on His children.
He’s got this.
Read it all here. here
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Reminded me yet again of the fact that my life tells everyone around me Who I trust.
What do you think? Surprise me, leave a comment.