“How was your Bible study class last night?” I asked Stan.
“Mixed,” was his reply. “The study was good, but something happened that bothers me.”
“Want to talk about it?”
“OK, but I’m not sure I have in mind all I need. But let’s give it a go.”
Continuing, Stan said, “You know I spend a lot of time doing Bible study. I take it seriously. Sometimes I am shown things in what I am studying that others don’t see.”
“Do you share those things with the class?” I asked.
“Yes, and that is where the bother came from last night.”
“We were discussing one of the questions. I spoke about something none of the others had mentioned. The discussion leader said, ‘where did you read that?’”
“I told him the Bible verse, but he said something like that is not what he was asking. He said he had never heard anyone say what I had said about the verse and he wanted to know the source of what I said.”
“What did you tell him?”
“I said it was the Holy Spirit and he just kind of laughed. He then went on to tell the whole group that we need to be careful in our studying the Bible.”
Stan continued, “The bottom-line of what bothers me about this is that I sincerely believe the Holy Spirit often gives me insight for the purpose of sharing it with others. But the class leader, rather than rejoicing in what I am shown and can share with others, seemed to resent that he had not been shown the same thing.”
“It was like he was saying that he is the leader and that he and the study book have the answers.”
“I can understand how you feel. Are you going to quit going to the Bible study class?”
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11, 12.
Prayer: Lord, you know how easy it is for me and others to discredit what you are doing in and through those who are truly seeking all you have to show them. May you move in me to help me keep from falling into that way of thinking. Please help me to always rejoice in what you are doing and never resent that it is not me to whom you have chosen to use. Amen.