Have you ever felt that people in the church looked down on you? Maybe when you are in a Bible study or in Sunday school you feel that you have nothing to add. You do not know many Bible verses by heart. You do not have any extraordinary experiences. You do not even like to talk in public. You are always on the receiving end and think that you have nothing to offer.
Let me tell you something: YOU ARE WRONG! You could not be more wrong. Everybody, and I mean everybody, has something to share. This is one of the most difficult “One Another” that we have: “Build up/Instruct one another.” We all are supposed to be involved in that. The “big shots”: pastors, teachers, and the others who think they know better than the rest.
I also would like to address to those who think that they know enough, and that an immature brother or sister has nothing to add to his or her faith. Let me say to you the same thing that I said to the other brothers and sisters: YOU ARE ALSO WRONG! We are supposed to build up each other, to teach each other, and to encourage each other. Everybody should be involved in this process.
There are many things that we can share with everybody. Paul wrote to the Romans and has this to say: “that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1:12.” It is important for us to understand that this is the apostle Paul. The one who Jesus Himself called to be an apostle. The one who planted churches all over. The one who is considered to be the first theologian of the early church. Paul is saying that he would like to go there so he could encourage them with his faith and he could be encouraged by their faith. As you can see we can share our faith, our walk with the Lord, and our experience with God and His grace with others. Every one of us should be able to do that.
Later in this letter Paul wrote: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19.” The important point here is: “make every effort.” It is crucial that we understand that we have something to share, but it is also extremely important that we make every effort to do so. Sometimes we have something to say, but we do not think that it is important. We think that everybody already knows that, or they will think that our opinion is childish. You have to overcome these feelings and share something that will bring peace and growth.
Finally the apostle Paul writes this: “I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. Romans 15:14.” Every one of us has access to the Scriptures. Every one of us has the Spirit of God inside of us. Paul is saying that we have to grow in our learning to the point that we will have something to offer to our brothers and sisters. He also says that goodness is an important aspect of this undertaking. If I am full of goodness and I know something, even if it is the minimum, I will help my brothers and sisters in their walk with Christ.
As you can see we will always have someone who knows more than us, and we should listen to him or her. We always will have people who know less than us, and we should be willing to edify them. There are things that everybody will be able to teach all, no matter which stage they are in in their Christian journey. Everybody learns and everybody teaches.
Have a blessed week,