The Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy

Jealousy infects everyone from time to time. Christians today, or the disciples themselves, fall prey to it. Humans are by nature territorial, sometimes it’s merited, sometimes not.

I was asked my opinion when two different churches had their Christmas parties on the same day. Unintentional, just happening like that before everything got really busy. Both groups had a big crowd, with some of our members going there, and some of theirs came to ours.

“What do you think of that,” my wife asked.

Short Answer

They’re in church. Depending on their journey, that could be a big step.

Long Answer

When the deaf church I go to was founded over a decade ago, there weren’t that many deaf ministries in the area. Now there are more ministries, more opportunities, and that’s not a bad thing.

We all work for the same guy.

The Disciples Face The Green-Eyed Monster

 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

Do not stop him,” Jesus said. For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”
Mark 9:38-40

 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Matthew 12:30

Churches are like embassies/hospitals/colleges. The people in them represent Jesus as ambassadors. The broken and hopeless come to them for help and healing. Some of us aren’t in the ICU anymore, but we still are checked in a room somewhere. It also serves as a place to educate disciples to go fulfill the Great Commission, while fulfilling it themselves.

As long as there isn’t any heretical teaching, and the core teaching remains, we are on the same side. The credit goes to God, not us, not our particular denomination, or our church.

What are your thoughts about this?

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