I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this…
“…since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”
Romans 12:3-5 The Message
I was telling my friend Larry Weathers about this just the other day. It is amazing what those chickens teach me. Probably because I am a bird brain but it is fun nevertheless.
My chickens have a very spacious henhouse and they have access to a goodly yard for foraging. There is plenty of room in both. No bird is crowded. Do you get the point?
There is plenty of room for more.
But Lordy, you should see the commotion when you try to introduce a couple of new members to the flock. Chaos ensues. You can’t imagine the jockeying, excluding, and sometimes active attempts to run off that happens!
Some of the old hens are jealous of their places, refusing to give up their perch, having sat there for their entire lives.
The old rooster won’t rest until he has asserted his authority over the newcomers.
The chicks just run along as if nothing has changed.
Now the following doesn’t apply to my congregation of course, but perhaps it will be helpful to the rest of you😳.
Sometimes it is like that in the Body of Christ. Things are smooth. We all know our place. We just rock along with the good things that Jesus has made available to us.
Then one day a couple of new folks show up. They have ideas! They tackle new projects. They sing a little differently or pray a little differently or even have a different way of seeing things. Can you believe it?!
A couple of the hens will act up. The authoritarian rooster will act out. And the chicks will go about their business as if nothing but the good has come.
Be like the chicks.
For of such as these is the kingdom of God.