Decisions Affecting the Welfare of the Assembly

Everyday we are put on the spot to make decisions that impact our lives. And when we assemble together in Christ these decisions affect the assembly. Sometimes these decisions are made autonomously without the approval of the entire assembly or the Lord. This is especially true in the mindset of those in the United States. So, why would we want to enforce any decision that is not in agreement with Christ?

If we know that it may impact other peoples lives then why do we not go to God first and check with Him. Are we not doing God’s job when we force feed Christianity (our views or interpretation of Scripture or situations) instead of going to God. When something is not right and there is more than one witness to the truth is that not consent enough to say “hey maybe this should not be”?

For the Lord said:

15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. (Mat. 18:15-17)

Anymore it takes the blow of God’s hands to bring people to their knees, not the witness of two or three in his presence. Isn’t that an insult and sin against the power of the Lord? Just like the stubbornness of Moses who, instead of listening to the Lord, took it upon himself to strike that rock. Didn’t he suffer the consequences for it?

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Numbers 20:7-12)

So when are we going to listen to the Lord Himself and not depend upon our own version of following Jesus? Are we not reaching the end of our time due to the lateness of the hour? If this is so, should we really be playing Games with God’s power? Do we really want to tell God that we thought we were doing what was best instead of what He has asked us to do? When are we going to stop doing His job and just be disciples and loving brothers and sisters in Christ? When are we going to stop competing for the same love that God shows all of us? Yes, I said it, all of us. Not just those who think they are the only ones chosen. The ones who think they do a better job than anybody else. Do we not read the Bible? Where does it say only a few are chosen and have authority over the assembly more than others? Where does it say man is the savior of man? If I am not mistaken we do not save. Jesus does. We are suppose to lead people to Christ aren’t we? But we can’t save everyone. My daughter said the other day, “You can’t force a horse to drink the water if its not thirsty.” Words of wisdom from an 11 year old.

When it comes down to it, we need to check our ego’s at the door and move forward with Christ as our teacher and we as disciples. For Christ said

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! (Mat. 10:24-25)

Go therefore in the peace of Christ, likewise as He did. In the same example and manner that He did. Didn’t He say we would know them by their fruits?

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