When I was a child we had neighborhood baseball games in the vacant lot behind our house. Most of the neighborhood kids were older than I. When dividing into teams we used the “Ring the dishrag inside out”, “One potato, two potato, three potato, four”, or the “Eenie, Meanie Miney Moe” methods. I was always one of the last ones chosen, which was tough on my ego. I wasn’t the most athletic kid, was younger, and tended to be the day dreamer.
But that memory gives new meaning to Romans 15:7: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God“.
In other words, it glorifies the nature of God that we accept all the people that are slower or weaker than ourselves. That is the model Christ gives us. The measure of grace you’ve received from Christ should be the measure of grace that we extent to others.
As we begin our focus on involvement groups and teams at New Hope, we need to put this principle of acceptance to work. God will test it with someone we really won’t like. Pass the test of acceptance and you give praise to God.