It’s about you
James 4 vs 11
“BROTHERS and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.”
I received a distress call very late at night a few weeks ago, a friend of mine who works within a church setting was tired, disillusioned and she felt betrayed. She just could not believe that a Christian setting could be anything other than righteous and whole. She was shocked and disappointed by the behaviour of other people in the church, she felt that they had misplaced priorities and had diverged from the word.
We all sometimes find ourselves in places like that, where our work mates or those around us let us down by exhibiting behaviours that are contrary to what we expect them to be. Issues of spirituality are somewhat like that, they take us to a place where we easily get disappointed, where people cannot be trusted and they let us down.
We all have churches that we attend, places we have called home, centres of refuge, where we have spiritual mothers and fathers leading us on to pasture. Having to face the reality is that these individuals who we believe have been tasked to be our spiritual angels can be anything other than angelic and godly, is sometimes very hard to accept.
Many have fallen off the spiritual band wagon, stopped communing with God altogether and given up on spirituality because of what someone within the congregation may have said or done. Our spiritual hopes have been so underpinned on other people that the minute we discover they are human beings like us who have flaws and are prone to temptation, our world falls apart.
The truth is that your spiritual fate does not rely on someone else. Yes the individual may have greater enlightenment or understanding than you may have but that does not make them Jesus. They may be created in His image, they may say or do all the right things but the truth of the matter is that they are human and therefore like all before, fall short of the glory of God.
In our bid to find earthly comfort and peace, we try too hard to find a substitute for God on earth. There is only one Jesus Christ; a perfect being who walked the earth. Those that have come and gone after Him can only emulate Him but cannot and will never be like Him.
Our daily experiences in life will bring us to a point where we are broken. In this journey we are all subjected to the work of the devil, who tries to ensure that our relations with our father above are further estranged.
We all look for convenient excuses as to why we should not worship and how this particular person or the other has done this and therefore has prevented you from entering the glory.
Our lives are all the same, we will be judged as individuals and nowhere does it say others will be exempt. Therefore in this life do not bestow on others a yardstick that is difficult to measure up to, that you yourself are failing at.
What you feel and endure is what others in your church also feel; your mood swings, temper tantrums and challenges are exactly what the next person experiences as well. Do not therefore use the excuse of the actions of others to prevent you from seeking or fellowshipping with the Lord. Instead, pray that the Lord may come sooner but before He does may He give strength to those in His vineyard who are always surrounded by all sorts of temptations that seek to make them fail in their pursuit of sharing His word.
In a world that badly needs a message of hope, restoration, forgiveness and love, be a better congregant today. Love more than you have in the past, be more patient and tolerant; remembering we are all children of the father who are searching for His grace. Spare a moment to forgive and become more understanding today. Be blessed For More Info: Visit our website: www.thefig-tree.org Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org Catch us on StarFM, Monday to Friday at 0620hours.