[vimeo id="126967086"] One of the great comforts in the Bible is how God used imperfect people to achieve His perfect plan. Peter was a headstrong, stubborn fisherman who denied Jesus, the same person he had declared was the son of God. Paul was a poor public speaker who often had authority issues. There are innumerable examples of the imperfect people God used. When we look around the family of God, we see many people who also have “flaws.” All of us, at one time or another, felt like leaving this family. Donald Miller posted a blog in which he shares a few reasons why he stays in what he calls the “dysfunctional family of God.” Here are a couple of reasons he lists along with some of my own thoughts.
First, the family of God isn’t determined by doctrine. There are many people who leave churches because they disagree on pre-destination, the end times, or even the color of carpet. But these are opinions that no one will completely agree on. What we have to realize is – a family is not determined by their doctrine. We have to position our focus on the beliefs that are the foundation of our faith. We need to let go of the minor things and focus on worshiping Jesus as one unified body.
Second, the family of God isn’t determined by people’s opinions. One of the greatest freedoms a person can experience is freedom from what other people think. Just because members of a church disagree with you doesn’t mean there is no place for you. One of the beautiful things about the church family is that it grows through diversity. As Paul writes, there are many members of the body, and only together can we fulfill the Divine Design God has for His body.
Lastly, the family of God isn’t determined by church leaders. The body of Christ was never meant to revolve around human leaders. It was meant to focus solely on the “head” of the Church – Christ. At one point during his ministry, George Whitefield was hard pressed by his supporters to assume leadership of the Methodist movement. His friends earnestly tried to get him to think about the legacy he would leave behind. Whitefield responded that his ministry wasn’t about him or his legacy. It was about one person – Christ. At the heart of the family of God, there is a central focus on Christ. That is the primary purpose of our very existence as a church. When we focus on Jesus, we will be united.
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