by pastor david
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
I was born and grew up here in Ohio. I have lived in Columbus / Grove City all my life and I must go on record as saying that I love Ohio.
I hear lots of people complain about the weather in Ohio. They say it’s too cold or too hot or too something. You have heard the statement many times, “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, just wait a few minutes and it will change”.
But that, to me, is the beauty of Ohio weather – its variety. The warm weather is slowly returning and the brilliant green colors of spring have begun to appear. Then, before we know it, the hot weather of summer will be upon us, beckoning us to the swimming pools.
Then, just before the hot, humid weather becomes intolerable, autumn is here with its cooler temperatures and stunning colors that dazzle even the greatest artists. The cold blast of winter then returns. Thus, the cycle continues.
But, therein is its beauty – its variety. When God created and put this universe into motion He declared that, “indeed it was very good”. In other words, variety is a good thing. God likes variety.
What if every Christian was the same? What a boring Church ours would be. You see, the beauty of a local church is in its variety. In our Church we have the wealthy and the poor, the healthy and the ill, the young and the old, the large and the small, the spiritually mature and the spiritual babes, the challenged and the challenging, the happy and the sad, the extroverts and the introverts, the loud and the quiet, etc., etc. But, that is what makes the Church beautiful – its variety.
God did not make all of us the same and He does not want us to be identical. He loves variety. I think He would enjoy living in Ohio.
Too often, we try to make little “cookie-cutter Christians” with all of us looking and acting just alike but that is not God’s will.
The beauty of His infinite creation is in its variety. What if every tree looked the same and every mountain range was identical and every baby’s smile was indistinguishable? God loves the variety of His people and His churches. Therefore, each of us is of equal value in the eyes of God. (John 3:16)
It is my prayer that you will always feel that you are valued by God, because you are, and that you understand that your identity is in Christ and in Christ alone.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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