Bottle Neck Christians

Bottleneck-1fvx5r71 Corinthians 12:4-6, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”

In the body of Christ we have a bad habit of making an attempt to restrict the presence of God. I will attempt to explain what I mean.

  • The ABC Church believes there should be singing until everyone in the sanctuary grab hold of the song, and sing it until the cloud of God’s glory show up and lay everyone out in HIS presence.
  • The XYZ Church believes the praise team should sing under the anointing, and then the pastor jumps straight into his/her sermon to keep the flow of the anointing flowing.
  • Then there are the churches who believe in laying hands on every one, and anointing them with oil while prophesying over them.
  • There are others who believe in casting our demons, and giving words of wisdom and revelation knowledge, while seeing the power of God flow through healing and miracles.

All of these operations of God’s Spirit are good, therefore, we cannot say because a particular church doesn’t operate like the other, that the other worship-lakewoodchurch is not moving in the realm of God’s direction. The scripture states “there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6.

In this day and time jobs are teaching and encouraging diversity, and I believe the same principles apply to the body of Christ. We normally minimize diversity to cultures, nationalities, and organizations, but we do not look at the broader scope of it. To be diverse is to be different and unique in style, and ideas. The word unique means existing as the sole example, solitary in type or characteristics, having no like or equal, incomparable. A characteristic of the word unique is the word peculiar. Some of the words associated with peculiar are, strange, odd, uncommon, and unusual.

If we were to look at this the way the scriptures suggest us to, we would see the LORD desires for all of us to embrace the differences that are placed in the Body of Christ. The facts are in the scriptures.

1 Peter 2:9. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Exodus 19:5. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Psalm 135:4. For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Peculiarity displays the unique character of God which dwells within each and everyone of us who are called by HIS Name.

I believe the reason God has all of us operating differently is because HIS ways of doing things are so vast (this word diminish his awesomeness) until He has to give all of us a portion of HIS abilities of operating, so the world can see and embrace the full scope of the total operation of GOD. HIS diversity of operating has to match the diversity of personalities and cultures HE has strategically placed in HIS creation.

To put God in the bottle of our mind, is to limit HIM to our way of thinking and operating. It is like we are saying, “God can only function like this because this is how I know Him, so everyone else should be this way.” When we take on this mind set, we begin to develop the concept of, “since you are not the eye, I don’t need you, or since you’re not the ear we don’t need any hearing.” 1 Corinthians 12:16-17). We are all placed in the Body to compliment each other like a good tie complimenting a suit.

Peter's_vision_of_the_sheet_with_animalsPeter wasn’t willing to receive the “New Thing” the Lord wanted him to receive (Read Acts 10). He was taught not to eat anything unclean, because this was the custom of those times. What Peter did not realize is that God was incorporating a new breed of people (John 10:16) he desired to bring into His kingdom. In the 28th verse of Acts 10, Peter began to identify the diversity of God, and how He was breaking barriers within the mind of not only Peter, but His people as well. Peter said, “And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” God is now breaking barriers within the mind of Peter because Cornelius is explaining what happened during his fast. In verse 34 of Acts 10, Peter said this, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”

As you read this chapter (Acts 10), you will see that the Lord doesn’t differentiate like we do. The scripture goes on to say the people were filled understandingwith the Holy Ghost, and they glorified God because HIS Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles. So, in conclusion, we must embrace diversity and broaden our horizons with Christ and His work. I used the term bottleneck because it means a hindrance to progress or production (thefreedictionary.com). Let’s not hinder the work of God throughout the land by being narrow minded, but let’s be open to receive God’s diversity even if we do not understand.  Be Blessed!!!

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4 thoughts on “Bottle Neck Christians

  1. Interesting but Jesus did say that our way would be narrow, cramped and we would struggle to get into the kingdom, that the kingdom could be reached by anyone who exercised faith and as the Apostles stated kept his commandments.

    Acts 10 is an account about the broadening of reach to those who accepted Christ and obeyed his commandments. So diversity is great and inclusion is essential but we all work towards keeping Gods commandments.

    The Christian culture unites us in one language of faith.

    As hard as it is to say not all things can be embraced and accepted by Christians but very thought provoking points and comments. Thanks you I enjoyed the read although I could not agree with all your points.

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    1. thank you trotter387 for your honest comment. I am a firm believer in all of us not agreeing on everything. We do see things through a dim glass according to 1 Corinthians 13. And thus I may only have a part of this, and you have another. In the end Christ will reflect the whole picture. Blessings to you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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  2. Thanks for that important encouragement. It reminded me of my personal experience. About 30 years ago I served on a district board of ministers whose purpose was to assist less “advantaged” churches in our region. I was given a list of congregations that I visited, one pre week.
    One small church was exclusively comprised of members who lived within a three mile radius. Obviously, their customs were specific to their geographic location. They were in the heart of the inner city and I soon discovered that except for the pastor’s family and one deacon, NONE of them had ever been outside of their community — for several generations!
    I drove a group of their teens to a mountain retreat. On the way, they began weeping. I asked if it was because they were home sick or scared. They said they were filled with joy an awe — they had never before seen the forest or the mountains!
    I realized from then on, that we often assume that others share our knowledge, our reality, our understanding — but actually it is far more rare than we realize. Yet we live our lives assuming that the way we think is “common sense”.
    Whenever we encounter those who behave outside of our realm of personal experience the natural tendency is to either fear or envy. If we are predisposed to believe that only our way is the right way, we become guilty of denying the other “members of the body” proper dignity and respect.
    Although those teens had never experienced a group retreat or fellowshipped with anyone outside their race, by the end of the weekend, we all enjoyed a new mutual respect and love for one another. They taught me far more than I did them. Only as we celebrate and embrace our diversity can we appreciate and move towards our unity.

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    1. Thank you friend. Be Blessed. I remember my first time in Korea. Serious culture shock, but I really embraced the culture, and didn’t want to leave when my time was up

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