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Imperfections In Motion

December 3, 2008

Imperfections In Motion

Beautiful TreeActs 15:36-39, “Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”  Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.  They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company….”

Last summer I had the opportunity to go on a month long missions trip.  My spouse and I had spent a lot of time training and raising money so that we would be fully prepared to go.  The meetings were exhausting and it seems that there were a lot of people who would rather pray for us than to donate from their resources.  After many exhausting months we were ready to go.  We boarded the flight with our teammate and headed for our destination.

After arriving we dove into our work and were really enjoying it but I was beginning to notice a problem.  Our teammate and myself kept butting heads.  I think that we were to much a like in too many ways.  I really desired the best for my teammate but in the end I was unable to gain his trust.  We still talk from time to time but I think we both realize it is better for us not to be around each other.

Is it okay for Christians not to get along?  I think it depends.  What is the motive of each individual?  Are they being selfish or have they really tried to see each others view?  I tend to believe that Paul and Barnabas tried to settle their disagreements but, in the end, were unable to do so.  They parted company and both had terrible ministries afterwards, right?  Wrong!  God was able to use both of these men and an argument may have actually contributed to spreading the gospel quicker.

If you are currently not seeing eye to eye with a fellow brother or sister in Christ I want to encourage you to remember that things like that happen.  Sure you need to check your motive and ask God to soften your heart but just remember that not everyone , Christian or not, is going to get along with you.

Do you believe that God still chooses to use us despite our imperfections?

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