download (1)“As it is, there are many parts, but one body.The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:20-22, NIV

Sometimes Christians get caught in the trap of thinking that “their way” is the “only way” and this can become more striking the higher one goes in church leadership. But this does not take into account that God has given each of us different talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts to use for His glory. We are not all hammers, we are not all saws, and not all of us are measuring sticks–each of us has our own separate functions.

There are certain principles of Christianity that we all must agree upon to be considered a part of the body of Christ, but there are often differences in how those principles are applied in everyday life. We may not always agree on the particulars, but that does not mean that there is anything wrong with doing things differently. What works for me might be a disaster for someone else with a different set of skills. This is why we need to be in constant connection with the Holy Spirit who will help us to make the right choices for our own particular situations.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV

~Stephen Beagles