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Written by: Steve Crowder
From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.
February 3, 2016
#bettertogether This past Sunday it was bitter sweet wrapping up the Road Map series at Highway Community Church in Boulder, CO. Feel free to look at my past few blogs to get a better idea of what all was discussed in previous weeks or listen to the messages at Highway Podcasts . At the heart of it, the point that Jesus was driving home with us this weekend was that we are better when we’re together than we are when we’re apart. Even Adam was declared by God in the Garden of Eden to be in an unfit relational position. “It’s not good that man should be alone!” was the judgement of God on the scene, so He created woman for man to dwell with. We jump to the New Testament, and Jesus would frequently leave the masses to spend His quality time with the twelve disciples. And many times He would pull away from them with only Peter, James and John at His side. Fast forward a little to the book of Acts recorded by the good Doctor, and you see the commitment that the early church made to meeting together in the temple and then throughout the week in a small group context. I’m excited to say, that because the message was well received on Sunday, 70% of our church committed to attending small groups together this Spring! They want to be intentional about sharing their journey with others, and I know that God’s blessing will be on them because of it. One way that Jesus described His church was by calling us His body…The Body of Christ. It may be a strange way to describe something until you dive a little deeper into the understanding. He is the head…the one who all decisions and instructions flow down from to the rest of us who have committed our lives to Him. And like a body, all of us are unique in our gifting and abilities. We don’t look the same, just as the hand, foot and bladder do not have equal functions or appearance. But you must be very careful to not judge the necessity of one part of the body due to it’s visibility or not. *Don’t compare your position in the Body of Christ to someone else’s because we’re all different in our look and function. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:4 “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” Comparison. It’s a nasty road to go down and one that the enemy of the church frequently causes division with. Each of you carries such a uniqueness that we should appreciate not become jealous of! Be wise and full of understanding in this, church. Paul also wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:12b “…when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.” Maybe you’ve struggled in the past with comparison…to a sibling or another athlete or musician. And somehow that slipped into your experience with others in the church. You wonder if your gifts are as important as theirs. If that’s the case, then STOP IT! Be true to yourself! No one else can do what you do or how you do it better than YOU! They need YOU just as much as you need them. No more comparison. You were created by God to fulfill the work He put you on this earth to do. You are unique and valuable to the kingdom of God being established on this earth! We’re better together! #sharethejourney