Philippians 2:2-5   “then complete my joy by having a common purpose and a common love, by being one in heart and mind.   Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves —   look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own.   Let your attitude toward one another be governed by your being in union with the Messiah Yeshua”

 

We all have certain ways we like things to be done. Let’s face it, there are things all around our entire way of life that we have “our ways” associated with them. Do you prefer to take a certain way to work, the grocery store, or school? Do you have certain meals you want to be done to your liking when someone else makes it “wrong”? We all have certain things we like done in certain ways, but how far should we let this go? In the big picture of life, is “my way” always the best way, or the right way? If we are not careful, we can allow this attitude to creep into our spiritual existence. 

Do we view others’ points of view through the lens of our preferences? This is one particularly important reason that we must read Scripture and dialogue with others about what we are reading. We can only start to discern whether what we desire is a preference or a biblical truth when we are honest with ourselves and start to learn that our Creator’s ways are much higher than ours. While we are called to walk a narrow road, there is still room on that road to walk beside others, Hineh mah tov (Psalm 133), right? 

Is it more important to agree on every point of doctrine and theology, or to walk humbly and be willing to talk about biblical truths when we see it differently? Is it more important to pay attention to the style of worship that is done at a gathering, or that worship to YHWH is done at all? If we are not careful, we will sit comfortably alone with our preferences while others may be having a life-altering experience. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we need to lay aside our beliefs and convictions, but I am saying that we need to be humble regarding them and make sure that we are giving room to hear the heart of YHWH, even amid our preferences. 

 

David Jones

BYNA Elder

 

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