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“Who Has More of the Grace of God?”

Romans 15:7

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Thoughts for Today:

The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee in his "Thru The Bible Radio" program was once asked, "Why are you so critical of the Pentecostal point of view? Aren't they friendly to you and invite you to speak in their churches?" Dr. McGee responded, "Well, the reason is they have more of the grace of God than I have."

Dr. McGee received a letter from a leader in the Pentecostal Church which read, "We agree on too many things to let one or two differences separate us." On his radio program Dr. McGee replied publicly, "When we agree on the major doctrines of the faith, though we may differ on minor points, we need to receive one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. Although I disagree with Pentecostal brethren on the matter of tongues, I see no reason why I should break fellowship with them. I just pray they will see it as I see it. And the very interesting thing is that one of these days, when we are in His presence, we will agree. In fact, all will agree with me."

If we stopped listening right here, we might come to the conclusion that despite Dr. McGee's gifted and inspired teaching, he might be the "weaker brother" on this particular issue. However, with great wisdom Dr. McGee applies the teaching of Paul in our passage today when he concludes, "Do you know why? Because I'm going to have to change a whole lot of things also. All of us will be changed, changed into His image and likeness. Then all of us will agree. In view of that fact, we had better concentrate on the areas in which there is agreement now."

Questions to Ponder:

The matter of tongues is a divisive issue. When we enter God's house we leave our differences at the door and all are united in Christ. If unity happens when we enter heaven, then why is it so difficult for us to worship with those who hold different views than our own? Dr. McGee concluded, "We had better concentrate on the areas in which there is agreement now." How can you apply this teaching today?

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About the author

Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.