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Today’s Thought – January 2

 Second String Christians 

Growing up I never wanted to be a second stringer. I was proud to play first string. I remember, though, a somewhat arrogant pity for those guys who sat on the sideline watching us win the game–only called on if we were stomping the visiting team so far beyond recognition, that even playing  second stringers could not lose the game.

First or second string Christians should not exist in The Body of Christ (The REAL Church). We are quick to push down those we rate as inferior as quickly as we promote others.

We thrill to the discussion of “leadership” and “church leaders” along with concepts so dated that one cannot help but think of the “favored star quarterback jock who got his choice of the cheerleaders.”

To what string have you been assigned?

To what string have you assigned?


Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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January 2, 2008 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

6 Comments »

  1. Happy New Year, Jack! I thought of these verses in James as I read this post.

    Jam 2:1 MY BRETHREN, pay no servile regard to people [show no prejudice, no partiality]. Do not [attempt to] hold and practice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]!
    Jam 2:2 For if a person comes into your congregation whose hands are adorned with gold rings and who is wearing splendid apparel, and also a poor [man] in shabby clothes comes in,
    Jam 2:3 And you pay special attention to the one who wears the splendid clothes and say to him, Sit here in this preferable seat! while you tell the poor [man], Stand there! or, Sit there on the floor at my feet!
    Jam 2:4 Are you not discriminating among your own and becoming critics and judges with wrong motives?
    Jam 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?
    Jam 2:6 But you [in contrast] have insulted (humiliated, dishonored, and shown your contempt for) the poor. Is it not the rich who domineer over you? Is it not they who drag you into the law courts?
    Jam 2:7 Is it not they who slander and blaspheme that precious name by which you are distinguished and called [the name of Christ invoked in baptism]?
    Jam 2:8 If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well. [Lev. 19:18.]
    Jam 2:9 But if you show servile regard (prejudice, favoritism) for people, you commit sin and are rebuked and convicted by the Law as violators and offenders.

    Blessings in 2008,

    Carol

    Comment by writeathome | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi Jack, I may have told you this story before. One
    Sunday a pastor thought he was honoring the nursery workers
    by stating that they were doing the “really important” job
    that hour; “they” were doing the work of the Lord,
    not just speaking it. He was just preaching, which, of course, he continued to do, instead of asking them to bring their young charges into the sanctuary and rock them to sleep on the platform, while the choir sang them to sleep. You see, he didn’t really believe what he said. His actions proved otherwise.

    I haven’t been assigned to any string. You said it yourself,
    no matter what the “leaders” do or say: There are no strings.

    Comment by helenl | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. Happy new year to you too, Carol! Good to hear from you, Helen!

    You both hit the nail on the head. If we are not relegating others by way of class or characteristic, we are busy engaging in it by way of our own spiritual “barometer”. And like Helen said, even though we deny it, our actions speak much louder than words!

    Have had considerable time to think about Christians, Christianity and the Body of Christ in some detail. Look forward to bouncing some of it off you!

    God bless!

    -Jack

    Comment by Jack | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. No strings, Helen — None!

    Comment by Jack | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  5. Amen.
    Amazingly enough “pastor” appears one time in the New Testament and that is in a list of spiritual gifts.
    Wonder if it’s one of the greater gifts?

    Comment by Voice of Reason | January 3, 2008 | Reply

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