Being PC

Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Did you open this blog expecting to read about Political Correctness? Well this PC is not about being politically correct, it is about being the perfect Christian. I find a direct correlation between the two, in that when you try and be either, someone will denounce it.

Here in chapter 13 of Luke our Lord is speaking about rising on the third day to be perfected. Understand, this is the only man ever who was tempted in all ways as a man and did not sin. He recognized that not sinning was not perfection. He is perfected because He shed His mortal coils and put on immortality. Perfection is the long term goal and cannot be attained in this life.

Knowing this, is there such a thing as a perfect Christian? Perhaps it is our perception of what we think a Christian should be that colors our opinion of perfection. If thinking a Christian is Christ and that you should see Christ in a perfect Christian, then how would you know since you have not met Christ? Jesus of Nazareth was sinless yet not perfected. We are not sinless so is perfect a fair adjective? Allow me to share a verse about what I consider to be a perfect Christian. Once again, MY OPINION.

Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

A perfect Christian is honest with God about how he feels about himself.

Plug and Play

Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

We are not tools. When I thought to compare computer accessories with people it stuck me that there are similarities of devices we call plug & play and people. It isn’t a fair comparison. Plug & Play devices are built to perform one way and without any concern to the type of computer being plug into. They have their own software and need nothing but a connection to function.

People on the other hand do not come into a church fully ready to get plugged into a role at church and just operate independent of other people. It is true that Christians move around the country because of jobs or family. We will bring with us experience and training from our past. Being equipped does not mean we will fit.

We are not tools. How God used us in the past is helpful but does not discard the possibility that God might want to use you in a new way. Growing in Christ isn’t a career path. Ephesians 4:11 lists a number of service positions within a church organization. We tend to look at these positions as career opportunities and in doing so fail to look at the significance of the more vital issue of verse 12, the edification of the body of Christ.

I came into my new church after moving from one town to another. I came ready to plug & play. It became obvious that there was no place for me to plug in. My training and gifting was not in play. As it turned out as I got plugged in to the available spot, I discovered I was lacking in that which was not exercised. My weaknesses were exposed and I have become stronger all around because I did not insist on my strengths being used at this church.

We are not tools, fit to be used in only one way.