Fitting In

 

You can fit in at most churches if you live like most Christians.  Quietly attend worship once a week because it’s just something you do.  Don’t be overly expressive or emotional if you want to fit in.  Listen to the sermon attentively but be careful or it will sink in.  But if you want to truly fit into Christ’s church there are several things you need to focus on:

Accepting one another: Everyone is a unique creation of an almighty God.  Everyone is loved by God. Everyone. Believer and unbeliever, rich and poor, red, yellow, black and white, old and young, extroverted and introverted.  We all have been unique;y created by God.  We each may have different personalities, different strengths, different experiences, different burdens, different blessings, but everyone has the fingerprint of God on their souls.

God has created each person, He knows them inside out, He has created each person and has dreams for them.  God has created each person and so they have incredible value. When we realize this, it changes how we see and treat each other.  Accept one another. See them for who God has made them to be.

There is a place for everyone in our church. God does not turn anyone away. He accepts all who come to him. How can we ever turn anyone away?

Giving Up and Committing: GIVE UP grumbling! Instead, “In everything give thanks.” Constructive criticism is OK, but “moaning, groaning, and complaining” are not Christian disciplines.

GIVE UP 10 to 15 minutes in bed! Instead, use that time in prayer, Bible study and personal devotion. 

GIVE UP looking at other people’s worst points. Instead concentrate on their best points. We all have faults. It is a lot

easier to have people overlook our shortcomings when we overlook theirs first.

GIVE UP speaking unkindly. Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding. It costs so little to say something kind and uplifting. Why not check that sharp tongue at the door?

GIVE UP your hatred of anyone or anything! Instead, learn the discipline of love. “Love covers a multitude of sins.”

GIVE UP your worries and anxieties! Instead, trust God with them. Anxiety is spending emotional energy on something we can do nothing about: like tomorrow! Live today and let God’s grace be sufficient.

GIVE UP TV one evening a week! Instead, visit some lonely or sick person. There are those who are isolated by illness or age. Why isolate yourself in front of the “tube?” Give someone a precious gift: your time!

GIVE UP judging by appearances and by the standard of the world! Instead, learn to give up yourself to God. There is only one who has the right to judge, Jesus Christ.

Commit to spending some time each day with God in prayer.

Commit to being the Word every day.

Commit to discovering what spiritual gifts you have given.

Commit to using your gifts to build up the body of Christ. 

Commit to letting your life be more of Jesus and less of you. 

Being okay with not fitting in with the world. 

If you fit in with the Lord, you will not fit in with the World. If you fit in with the world, you will not fit in with the Lord.  Too many Christians think they can fit in with both groups.  There is a difference between being in the world, and being of the world.  Imperfect people felt more comfortable around Jesus than righteous people.  Blind, crippled, prostitutes, religious curious, political leaders, demon possessed.  Why do imperfect, sinful people feel so uncomfortable in the church today?  Jesus accepted them and let them be real. He didn’t condone, but he didn’t condemn.  We need to let people be real. 

“Fitting in”…in your relationships.  Our relationships should be characterized by the qualities we see in Jesus. Unconditional Love.  Complete forgiveness.  No strings service.  Courageous Honesty.  Committed Fellowship.

Relationships are at the heart of our church.  We want to create a place where everyone can fit in.  God has created each of us for his glory, for his purposes.  He leads us to the church and to others to impact lives for him.  He has put us in the world because that is exactly where he needs us to be.  He promises us a place of eternal celebration, a place where everyone who seeks Him is accepted and fits in.