"One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God." Romans 14:5-6
Recently I have been studying Romans and I've been reading Romans 14 for the last two days (definitely check it out, it's such a great chapter!) and I read the above verse and immediately God began speaking to my heart.
What God began showing me and speaking to me is that we as the body of Christ today have destroyed the work of God (vs. 20) because of differences. Isn't that silly? Over something that all of us have; differences. Some people think it's a sin to dance and sing to music and others (including myself ;) see no sin in that (especially since David loved to sing and dance before the Lord, check out the Psalms!) regardless of whether it is or it isn't, if we are all serving the Lord in what we do what does it matter?
I've allowed separations between myself and other brothers and sisters over stupid things that we don't see eye to eye on. We get too caught up in the look of things and never even think to look at the person's motives and their hearts before we start to judge. 1 Samuel tells us that the Father doesn't look at the outward appearance, but He looks at the heart. Why don't we follow that example?
I am challenging myself this week to stop looking at outward appearances and simply look at their heart, the type of person they are. The heart really does say it all. How about you? Will you join me in this? I believe that the body of Christ can be joined together as one (as it is meant to be) if we will look past our differences and see that we all have one thing in common or rather One person/God in common and that is Jesus. It's so amazing that even though we are all different we can still be one body of believers. That makes me smile. :) Have a blessed Monday!!! Praise the King!!