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Psalm 105 [Read]
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Romans 15:1-20 [Read]
In my secular career, I was once responsible for a pilot plant which produced raw materials for medical devices. For every batch of material we manufactured, it required two signatures on the product certificate. One was from the manufacturing supervisor, who certified that this batch was produced according to the established procedure. The other one was from the Quality Control (QC) manager, who certified that this batch was accepted based on established criteria of properties. No material can be sent out without the acceptance of those two persons.
Romans 15 talks about another kind of acceptance: “accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Rom 15:7). Christians accept one another not because of our fellow pilgrim has reached the standard specified in the Bible, for, in that case, no one will be accepted. We accept one another because Christ has accepted ourselves and, in implication, has also accepted our fellow pilgrim. Our reverend production and QC manager have put his signature on the certificate because of our faith, and we are not called to doubt or double-check that.
However, the intriguing thing in this special manufacturing process is that the production is still going on and the product is still being made. Although the manufacturing supervisor is the same as the QC manager, he does allow and demand us to participate in the manufacturing of his products. “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves” (Rom 15:1), and we do this to build up one another (15:2). We are active workers in this special manufacturing process called sanctification, and Paul exhorts us to do it with endurance and encouragement (15:4).
The common mistake we often make is that we tend to participate in the QC process and see ourselves as having the signatory authority. On the other hand, we tend to ignore or evade our responsibility and privilege in the manufacturing process. The end result is that we contribute in tearing down rather than building up of others. We all desire to do the “right” thing, for rightness means good quality. But our Lord wants us to do the loving thing, because accepting one another with godly love is his ordained means to manufacture a good product for his pleasure.
In which department are you working, the manufacturing or the quality control?
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