As I was praying this morning, I received a glimpse from the Lord.
He is really feeding me these days. lol
I have been in a situation for sometime now, that I did not fully understand.
What God showed me was a treasure.
Romans 14: 2-10
2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
11For it is written,
“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,
AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”
12So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
13Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. 20Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. 21It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
Last week, I read Romans as a whole, over and over. This stuck out to me. We are constantly judging, one religion over the other. One theology over an other. (I have haggled with theology) But, what Christ is saying here is this. Search for one’s treasures, not for their fault in what you are convicted about and they are not.
1 Corinthians 3: 1-21
1And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?
5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; 20and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.” 21So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, 23and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.
Here God is saying it again. Who is Cephas? Apollo? Paul? But mere humans. Aren’t we all of Christ the foundation?
Here is today- Well, I am a Catholic, well I am a Methodist, I’m a Mormon, I am not any denomination, I am Seventh Day Adventist.
Aren’t we all of Christ? The foundation? Where there is division, there is no growth in the Body of Christ.
For it is not about the denomination, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The people. The Lord will not judge us based on what church we attended at the judgment seat of Christ. He will be judging us on what fruit we bared. He will be judging us based on the talents we are given. I have read nothing about judgment based on denomination in the holy scriptures. I have read about what we do as individuals.
We need to look to our brothers and sisters in all these denominations, and see what fruit they bear. What can we learn from their treasure.
Here is what I see very basic at this moment.
Catholics treasure- Eucharist
Mormon treasure- They know their bible
Seventh Day Adventist- The Sabbath
Non Denominational- The Love
Each of us will be judged, none of us has it right. NONE OF US HAVE IT 100% right.
Follow what God has convicted YOU about, Follow God’s leading to YOUR life.
Let’s see the treasures in others, and not the division. Each member of the body has gifts. Each denomination has a gift, a portion of truth.
May we be conformed to the likeness of Christ, and follow the commandment that fulfilled the law, Jesus Christ.
And Love our neighbors as Christ has loved us.