This morning, I was thinking about the teaching styles of two different grace teachers. One tends to be direct and to the point. His style is similar to someone who wields a sword in order to cut the shackles and set people free. Shock and awe is another way I would describe his style. I think this is a wonderful style of teaching. In my opinion, we definitely need people who are bold to speak the word of grace without regard to personal consequences.
The other teacher has a teaching style which is more encouraging. Once people have been set free, they are fearful and confused. Even though they are now free, they will often stay in the same place of bondage confused as to what to do next. I see this particular teacher as someone who encourages them to get up and move forward providing support as they grow confident in their grace walk.
In religion, the pastor is viewed as the model for ministry so people tend to copy his style. This tends to produce little clones who all talk alike and act alike. True Christianity, on the other hand, is made up of people with different personalities functioning in different styles of service. No particular personality or style is right since we've all been uniquely created by a Father who loves variety.
As I look at this grace community of bloggers, I am thankful for the variety of styles and temperaments. While I tend to lean towards the simple, others have styles that are different from mine and they all blend together into a beautiful tapestry of love and grace. Father never meant for us to all be the same. While religion encourages cloning, grace gives each of us the freedom to be who we really are.
As someone who for years has struggled to please everyone, it's wonderful to be experiencing the freedom to just be me. To learn to accept myself the way I am is a wonderful gift from Father that I am experiencing more and more as I'm growing more firmly established in grace.