May we never think we are above others, for God saved us just as much as He saved everyone else.
I was once talking to someone, during that conversation I wondered in my mind. How, if all of these different types of churches serve The Christ, why do we all seem so divided? It is said that the devil is the author of confusion. Well, if this is so then all of these different churches disagreeing with each other makes sense. Notice how God wrote 1 Bible, and yet the world has many different versions. No wonder we are so confused as to what God stands for and what he wants from us. It pains me to think of this in depth, I have been to many churches and it seemed like few if any at all withheld the inner fire and desire the Holy Spirit feeds us with. There are many things I could say about this lack of unity, but I will keep it short and only touch on one thing. We all seem to judge people from different churches, whether it be their prayers, music, worship, service, preacher/pastor, ceremonies etc; one of the biggest things we do is compare sins. Oh how the mighty have fallen. In the Bible it says this…
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galations 5:19-21
If you do not know the meaning of a word, have the dedication to look it up… fornication = sex of unmarried persons, Lasciviousness = lust, Variance = Disagreement, emulations = attempting to be equal or excellence ones qualities, seditions = rebelling speeches, heresies = belief or opinion contrary to religious doctrine, inherit = take by death of an ancestor. (Jesus died for us)
You see, all of these sins equal the same punishment, so why are we comparing and judging? Your walk with God is just your walk with God and that goes for them as well; their walk with God is their walk with God. Focus on what God wants from you and just you. Not you and your brother/sister in Christ, not you and your mother, just you. God will lead you, you just have to believe. We are so busy being tangled in everyone else’s mess that we cannot even begin to conceive what kind of mess we are in due to us trying to do everything while claiming we are letting God lead. You cannot work on you and your brother at the same time.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?Mathew 7:2-4
This is not about the church people that sit next to you, or the preacher who preaches loud, or the cute choir singer. This is not about your spouse, your children or your elderly family members. This is about you my friends, we are held accountable for our own salvation, some of us are in charge of others as well but you cannot, I repeat, you cannot help anyone else unless you have a good handle on your own.
Family members stress you out, pray for God to give you patience and love. Loved ones make you angry, pray that God gives you strength and wisdom to only say what the spirit leads you to say. Work confuses you, pray for understanding. Do not know what to do next in life, pray that God leads the way to the path he has planned for you and then be willing to see the signs, even if it is not what you want .
Know that I care about you all dearly, may we all pray for understanding and patience in these trying times.