Growing in Wisdom Without Alienating Others

Have you ever felt stung by a Facebook post slamming Christians or a type of Christian? Someone is growing in some way & now wants to distinguish themselves as not part of the former group. I get that. Conviction makes me want to stand firm in the new things I’m learning. The thing I think we miss is, we are not better than everyone else because of these new revelations. We do not cease to be part of His Body because we get something that we used to not understand or we understand something better than we did before.

We want to swing our pendulum wayyyy away from our previous perspective & also those that still think that way. Doesn’t that alienate your brothers & sisters in Christ though? The very people who might benefit from your influence? Just because you are an eye doesn’t mean the feet don’t need you. We all bring our gifts to share in the Body of Christ & we make a beautiful mosaic together for His glory. 

If we think we are truly wise, we are foolish compared to the knowledge of God. Anything we have gleaned came from God Himself anyway! And God will use the people you view as foolish or weak…because He can & He likes to.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. I Corinthians 1:27

We are called to humble service to the Body of Christ.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:3-8

This is us. We help each other serve Him. We all bring our own portion to contribute. Don’t get distracted & forget that this is how we are called to live: 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:9-16

Devoted to one another, humble, honoring each other above ourselves, that is what’s beautiful about His Body. Not wisdom alone. Wisdom together. 

This is how it was always supposed to be – until the day we are standing before His throne; together. 

About Jacqueline Presley

Owner/Author Creative Outpour. Member of Arkansas Women Bloggers & Northwest Arkansas Bloggers. Jacqueline lives in Springdale, AR with her husband Spencer & her two children Katie (9) & Jackson (7).

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