Worship . Teachings . Preachings . 

SUNDAY 9.6.20
Missionary Pastor Raul Esquivel

special TEACHING

Who are YOU?

These last few days and weeks have been hard on a lot of people. It has been hard for me on a spiritual level. I can't make sense of this problem that has plagued our country for generations.  I grabbed my Bible and started looking for answers to my questions. Why do people let our difference sperate us? I pray that if you are struggling with this as I do. His word will break those chains of confusion and give you peace and understanding, as it has done for me.  I want to share with you what I have learned these last few days, as I searched the Bible for what true diversity is and what it is not. 

As I scanned through the Bible for diversity, I see it throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. God created each one of us differently. He has given each one of us different spiritual gifts and will give us each a different crown of glory, but either gift is not better than the other. When used for His Kingdom, they all work in harmony together. God also made the body with different parts to work together as one. I believe God wants His people to work together as one for one purpose. To work and believe in one accord to build the Kingdom up, not tear it down. 
The Bible tells us this in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14: "For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be slave or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many."

In 1 Corinthians 12:15-19, "If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?"
Even though we are all made different, we are all made to work together as one, under the authority of Christ. In the books of Acts, when God gives the Disciples the Holy Spirit, He sent them out to spread the good news to all the people.  In Matthew 28:19-20, He tells us to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. I will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

Again, not talking about only one nation or one type of people, He wants all people and all nations. God created diversity the world separates us with it. How can we except diversity or celebrate our differences if that is what is tearing us apart? If the devil separates us with what makes us different, whether it be our color, sex, community, life experiences, my truth, your truth, we keep ourselves from the real truth. We can never and will never be able to work together in one accord to build the Kingdom if we can never get passed our identity. Our identity should be in Jesus and not in our circumstances, not in our background but Jesus, and not where we attend church but only in Jesus. 
Look at what Paul tells the church regarding differences between members. Romans 12:3 -5 tells us "Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you. We have many parts in one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function. In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other." 

Church, we need to fight back against the world's view of diversity and embrace God's purpose for us. The book of Romans tells us, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." Hypocrisy means the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's behavior does not conform. Abhor means regard with disgust. In other words, we are to love with real love and things of evil should be viewed in disgust, and you should hold on to the good things of God. Which would be His word, His Son, and His truth. Romans 12:2, also tells us, "Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect." 
As I finish this message, I want to leave you with one more verse. This is from the book of Malachi 2:10, "We all have the same father; the same God made us. So why do people break their promises to each other and show no respect for the agreement our ancestors made with God?" I pray that God will break down those walls, which hold us back. I pray that in Him we can see the real truth of who we are and find our true identity.
God bless.
- Amber Durazo - AWM PreTeen Teacher  -


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