Ways to Divide Pt 2
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Observe that it is human nature to look for ways to divide from others. Employers divide themselves from employees, team leaders divide themselves from team members. Long timers divide themselves from newcomers. Homeownwers divide themselves from home renters, board members divide themselves from mere members and members from non-members. More obviously white people divide themselves from black people and black people from white people, and then there are brown and red and yellow people, and then divisions between men and women. In the church clergy divides itself from laity and laity (average people in the pews) from clergy, saved from lost, Baptist from Methodist from Catholic and so on. Famous people from peasant unknowns (which has infiltated the Church with its own superstars) the and rich people from poor people and winners from losers. Jack Nicklaus the golfing legend stated that he does what he does to "separate hinmself from the masses." Always looking for a way to splinter off and build a wall that's human nature. But Jesus is not like that, He is our peace who has broken down every wall (Eph 2 v 14, Colossians 3 v 11) and He and His are always looking for ways to unite. He is our peace in the sense of harmony and union and not merely absence of trouble or conflict or incident. Kindness brings people together in the sense of their realizing they are "kin" with one another or the same "kind" in some important way, and any commonality that can bring us together is important. Where does all the dividing off really begin anyway? It begins from our being divided within ourselves, one not being reconciled (on speaking terms) with oneself, being alienated from one's true self. And whence comes that alienation? Being separated from the One who made us in His own image. The bottom line dividing wall is the one that Jesus tore down at the cross, when the curtain into God's intimate presence was torn from top to bottom at the instant of His death.(Matthew 27 v.51) The less we have availed ourselves of that free access into the true Holy of Holies the more we need our various kinds of walls to reassure ourselves of our own importance. I love the blessing Jacob extended to his son Joseph in Genesis 49 where he characterizes him as a "fruitful bough that climbs over a wall." This is a beautiful picture of the Spirit-filled life that can't tolerate or accept division but is compelled through love to reach beyond it repeatedly even habitually and create some form of fellowship. Such fellowship then becomes the conduit through which our God can work.
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