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February 24, 2013

The Point is not how we do things but the heart of why we do it

Romans 14

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[a] that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess[b] to God.”

12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

I think it is high time for us to stop quarreling over the minor stuff. For so long the church have been divided on non essential matters. We divide ourselves regarding the gifts of the Holy Spirit, our end time escathology, or how we pray. Those are important but not that important to divide us. Paul brings the people back to the gospel when he tells them that the point is not how we do things but rather why we do things.

The main issue is”are we living for the Lord?” When we eat our food is it living for the Lord? When we celebrate holidays – is it for God’s glory or is it just for you?

We go back to the heart of the matter. Don’t let externals divide us. Check the inner motives of our heart Lord.