On top of that I also plan to attend a corporate gathering of a different sort tomorrow evening. I have been invited on numerous occasions to come and have had other pressing matters to attend to. Today could be the day. Some of the brothers there have reached out to me and my family in an abundance of ways. One family brought us dinner on Friday night after we cancelled our dinner appointment with them on account of some issues with Chloe. Since then, we have re-scheduled our dinner with them for Monday. I'm really looking forward to it.
All this has me thinking about following God's leading and being unified with every other believer, even those we have disagreements with. So we will walk in obedience. In some ways it almost feels like were selling out to go back and be in an institutional setting. I have mixed emotions about it but I believe it is what the Lord is doing right now. One thing I am learning is that the Lord does not want me to have everything my way. He want to have it all His way. Even if I think I know what His way is and I make my desires match that it does not give me the right to be divisive with those who do not see the same things. When it all boils down everyone is doing what they believe is honoring and pleasing to the Lord and in that we have unity. Just as we cannot love the lost by stiff-arming them and separating from them, we cannot love our brothers and sisters within the institutional church without being close to them.
This quote by T. Austin-Sparks is fitting:
There may be misapprehension, there may be ignorance, there may be other causes, but this which offends us is, on the part of those concerned, their way of showing their love for the Lord, and we must not be turned aside - we must get close to them and find what possibilities there are for the Lord. He is going on, He is not giving up; He is making all He possibly can of the least bit of heart love for Himself and for all men. The challenge of this is very practical and very searching for us.
By T. Austin-Sparks from: Abounding in Love