This weekend I have been challenged…yesterday we attended the SCYF beach trip and the message was all about finding God’s purpose for our lives, and while I am 27 years old and would like to think I know all about God’s plans for me…sometimes I am greatly humbled by all that I don’t know and all that I have yet to learn.
Then today, at church, Brian Rainey spoke about the Pharisees and how they mocked Jesus in their hearts, they never spoke a word aloud but He knew what they were thinking. They may have “looked” perfect on the outside but their hearts were conspiring evil against Christ. It made me think, no matter how great we look on the outside, no matter how many right answers we give, or lies we tell…at the end of the day God knows our hearts and we can’t fool Him. He knows the intentions of our hearts, He sees right through the lies we tell to get what we want and He still wants the best for us.
I don’t want to think for a second that I can fool God, I don’t want to become prideful and think that I am better than the tax collectors or the sinners that Jesus spent time with. We are called to be a light in this world. We are called to stand out… I sometimes feel like a broken record saying that because I say it all the time. People will mock us for following Jesus, people will even take advantage of our generosity in the Name of Christ. We must be seeking wisdom and discernment from God’s Word and the accountability partners that God has placed in our lives. We must encourage and challenge each other to grow in Christ and share the Gospel. Christ did not call us to stay in our own little Christian bubbles, He has called us to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, whether it be at the gym, at work, at school, in the Grocery store, with our friends, everywhere.
I’m preaching to the choir here because these messages that I have heard this weekend, and the wisdom and discernment of those near and dear to my heart have challenged me to stand up for the truth, to stand up for what honors God and to be the disciples we have been called to be. We can’t make people follow Jesus, we can love them, we can pray, and we can place the outcome in God’s hands. Becoming prideful is not “becoming” on anyone… I don’t want to be a Pharisee, I want to be a follower of Jesus who seeks to grow closer to Him every day.
In Mark 2:17 Jesus said, “Those who are well do not need a doctor”. The prayer of my heart is that I may never take my need for a Savior for granted… I want to wake up every morning with a thankful heart and a willingness to share this hope I have with anyone and everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in me.
I don’t want a heart full of pride and judgment, I want to wake up in the morning and say, “What’s up Doc?” and be ready and willing to serve my Savior, defend my Savior, learn from my Savior, and build a relationship with my Savior that grows with each passing day and enhances my relationships with friends, family, and, loved ones.
I’m still learning…