But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 24:48-51
Ministry or Social Club?
When ye come together to eat, tarry one for another ... that ye come not together unto condemnation. 1 Cor. 11:33-34
So, what religion does your church like to condemn? Or, who is on your group's personal hit list? Maybe your family has roasted preacher for lunch? Though, surely, most are eager to gather information about one caught or thought to be in sin.
Some online groups determine those who share writings, but don't share their life's details, are less valuable to that group. Others conclude that those who don't write are ones less valuable. Members may not all be likewise gifted ~ but multiply group's seed as they utilize it to minister to more. So, while your hands may have done work, others serve as your feet.
Still yet, some may enjoy all your e-mail shares but think you're anywhere from impersonal to a SPAMMER, and your ministry inferior, if you don't spend additional hours in chat rooms. Yes, we all know that fellowship can be great! Though, Jesus' calling wasn't to be served. So, who are we to say any different, when He calls another likewise?
Besides, I thought we stopped telling people their service is inferior, when we came to net, and God says part we have to offer is accepted with Him.
One feels even less welcomed when a group requires participation in specified, more active, ways than others either have time or skill for. Then, when demand is given to otherwise leave, all while they're praying you might find a place in your heart for them, 'no room in inn' comes to mind.
Churches often determine poets are not needed among their already exciting ministries. So, God must be calling them to use that ministry elsewhere, right? Well, it is true that, when man closes a door, God opens more. But, God sent that poem for someone within your church first ... and you deny Him? Just because you have no need does not mean that another member doesn't.
Then there are those so skilled in knowledge that layperson has no idea what they're saying, while skilled refer to feeding layperson as 'whitewashing'. Perhaps it was forgotten that Paul met people where they were, not where others thought they should be, and he referred to his teaching as 'milk' ... and to everything there is a purpose.
But, really big blow to soul is when one gets judged for things others only imagined.
Whether good seed or bad, it multiplies and, once judging begins, we all end up angry. And, for all else that could possibly be said, I taught you better than that.
And though list could keep going, point is ...
1.) stop mocking cross.
For love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Cor. 5:14-15