Are You Inferior?
How superior are you? How high do you rank yourself? Why do you think YOU are SO important? Who put you in charge anyway?
These are some questions I kept asking myself while I was on vacation a few years ago. I had witnessed what the middle of a another church split looks like. My heart was torn as I watched the church I grew up in and received Christ at start to fall apart at the very seams…again. I say again because to my knowledge I think there have been 3 or 4 “splits” they have gone through over the past 20 years. It’s really sad that a church who proclaims to love God would split 3 or 4 times over 20 years let alone split at all. It’s obvious that those in leadership there never really took to heart John 17 in the past. There are a lot of details and they really aren’t important. What is important to know is that church splits make God out to be a liar to the whole world. Read John 17. It’s the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in the Bible and he prays for UNITY not church splits. Why does he pray for unity? So that the world will know that He and the Father are ONE. So when a church splits we make God out to be a liar by saying, “We don’t believe John 17.”
While I was there that summer I thought of Hebrews 7:7, “It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.” It was evident that they (or at least the leadership) had definitely lost sight of the Superior. So I started running through these questions in my own head. Why do we think we are the ones who are superior to other people? It can be other races, socioeconomic backgrounds, class, dress and anything else that can be used to classify people. Why, in the church, do we think we can’t be around sinners or bring them into the church? Why are we better than them? If we think we are better aren’t we becoming like the Pharisees? They thought they were better because they thought they had it all figured out…they were legalistic and still today we push our legalistic tendencies on to people who are outside of the church. They have to fit OUR mold or perception and not Christ’s. Is it just me or does this seem to be a little backwards?
Do you think you are important? Do you put yourself above others? Or have you realized that you are inferior to Christ and that He is the one that blesses us? It is true we can bring all glory and honor to Christ by serving him wholeheartedly but that has to be done with less of what we will get out of it and more and what we can do to bring glory and honor to Him.
Do we fully submit our lives our being to Christ?
I am glad to be able to say that now my parents church has a pastor who is about shepherding people and doing God’s will for them and not making himself equal with God. Now it looks like they are back on track to becoming what they once were known for in the community – being a church that honors and loves God above all else. I think the greatest days could be ahead for them. I hope so.
Who I Am
My name is Chris Day. I have been in student ministry now for 13 years and I still love it. There is nothing more exciting for me than to see a student move into a relationship with Christ and become a follower/ disciple of Christ. I am passionate about seeing God move students into deeper relationships with him. I am also the worship leader at our church. I write worship songs as well and have lead worship at a conference for missionaries in Poland. That was a pretty cool experience!
In my spare time I love working out and playing disc golf. I have been on a journey over the past year to reclaim my health and have dropped 110 pounds in the process. i have played over 30 different disc golf course and love helping people learn the game. I am pretty laid back and easy to get along with. I hope you find my contributions helpful!