Drymen Church BLOG
CRITIC OR DISCIPLE?
The other day I was listening to a podcast from Willow Creek Church and the preacher said something really challenging: “ If you want a report card on your faith, see how you’re loving the people you disagree with the most!”
The apostle Paul says, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Gal. 5:6
Every time you love people extravagantly, it’s like a declaration of faith.
A pastor once preached a sermon and in the congregation was the famous preacher and writer , John Stott. After the sermon, he approached Stott and asked him for some feedback on the sermon. John Stott said he could not do that. Later on he explained,
“If the preacher had asked him to evaluate before he preached, he would have.
He had listened as a disciple, not a critic.
That’s the attitude I want to cultivate when I hear others preach.
When I worship with the church family.
When I work alongside others.
I want to hunger and thirst for the gospel.
There’s a time to evaluate, and there’s a time to grow and receive grace.