I know that I personally have struggled for far too long, trying to
be the person that other Christ Followers want me to be. In our day and time,
we often forget WHO GOD has called us to be. Instead of striving to live
a life that pleases God only, we try to mold and shape our lives and our
inner most beings to be accepted by others, oftentimes in our own
Churches. This is something that strongly convicts me. I am a people
person, and I, personally, care too much of what other’s think of me. Do they
accept me, do they like me? What will they think of me, what will they
say about me? It’s an easy cycle that we all get wrapped up into so easily.
When we do this, we lose focus on what matters most:
BECOMING LIKE CHRIST.
This brings me to my bible verses of choice for today’s blog topic:
Philippians 2:1-5 (New Living Translation)
“1. Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from His
love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2. Then make me truly happy by agreeing
wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together
with one mind and purpose. 3. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress
others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
4. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in
others, too. 5. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus .
To me, this speaks volumes. Many people, even Christians, live only to make a good impression on others, (usually a selective group of others amongst
a Church congregation) or to please themselves. Too often, Christ Followers
forget that it is in ALL OF OUR HUMAN nature to stumble and fall. All too often,
many proclaimed Christians or Follower of Christ find themselves
becoming judgemental and wondering, “What did He or She do?”, focusing on
gossip, which is a biblical sin. When we choose to become like Christ, we cannot have double standards and pick and choose those we favor over others. Some
overlook the mistakes and stumbles of those they favor. However, those fellow Brothers’ and Sisters’ in Christ they don’t favor suffer the wrath of judgement
and convict others. That’s not for us to do. Only God can do that.
To be truly Christ like – we must be willing to truly accept or try to understand
people as they are — angry, broken, and hurting.
The world needs people who TRULY KNOW JESUS and can accept and
love others the way they are, even with all the junk, and baggage in their lives.
I honestly believe, many more people would be open to what Jesus offers
if His followers weren’t so fire and brim-stone bent on requiring you to clean up
your act as a prerequisite for receiving it.
It’s odd how the majority of Christians are so intolerant of others’ fleshly sins
and however, are so tolerant of their own so-called spiritual ones.
I find it a bit ironic the way people treat sinners in modern times. Remember,
before coming to Christ, we were all separated from God because of our sins.
Someone had to accept us , while we were still sinners, to bring us to know
and accept Christ into our hearts.
Dig into your bibles and you will discover that the “sinners” in the Bible were much more responsive to Jesus and ready to receive the Kingdom of God, more-so than religious people.
Take these thoughts and truths into the depths of your heart and pray and ask God
if this is a conviction in your own life.
We all fail and fall short to the glory of God daily. Love your fellow brothers
and sisters in Christ enough to “LOVE THEM LIKE JESUS”.
Until the next post,
Love in Christ,
“I am beautifully broken, but not defeated.”