“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” (Colossians 3:11 NLT)
I used to be THAT guy who thought he had experienced God’s presence “more fully” than my other brothers and sisters in Christ. It was my “calling” to instruct or correct other "ignorant" believers for not being “Spirit-filled” enough or preventing a move of God in their lives and churches. All the while I was displaying Pentecostal arrogance. Actually, I was what I call “Penta-hostile.” I judged certain congregations and denominations and categorized other faith-expressions as less "free" than I was. As an evangelist and itinerate minister I felt the mandate, and even pressure, to champion “revival” as if other churches were dead and I was the one that was alive.
I’ve changed. I am constantly coming alive to God’s GRACE. I am regularly asking God to give me new eyes, to help me see the GREAT value and significance from other Christ-centered affiliations and expressions. It’s time for Christians to lay down their gavels and be done with criticizing and analyzing. It’s time to focus on the ONE THING that unifies us: to put our attention on JESUS, stop trying to fix others, and admit our own desperate need for Grace. We need to widen our sphere of influence: to be open to all God is doing EVERYWHERE! I envision God’s great big family sitting around the massive banqueting table that we ALL have been invited to and feast on the Love of Christ.
Don’t you think it’s time too?