I pray that you read this in it’s entirety..
God had a reason for wanting me to write this tonight…hope ya’ll don’t miss it!!
Today was very interesting to say the least. Working in retail, we have such an interesting mixture of people and personalities that it is an especially trying time for us Christ followers to show light in the darkness. But we do it, because Christ commands it…
In the mix today, I saw “Christian” people that I knew, treat others as if they were servants. Man, how does that come off to someone that doesn’t know Jesus? What do they think? Hmmm, “those Christians, they think they’re better than anyone else…” “Look at that preacher, he just thinks he’s all that”
You’ve seen ’em and heard ’em…maybe you’re one of ’em! (OUCH!)
You say, Mike, we got bigger fish to fry, why are you talking about this little minor thing? Everyone acts like that!
THAT’S MY POINT! We are not of this world..sure, we live in it, but what does Paul say in Romans 12:2? “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
How about John in 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Which leads me to “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
I think that’s where this started with me tonight, and seeing that my brothers in sisters in Christ behave in such a way that brings shame on Christs’ name, and shame on the church!
I was doing a mini Bible study in James 4 tonight, and the words are not minced here. IN FACT, they are very clear!
It starts out sounding a little like some of the church’s we’ve been in:
” What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
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. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
Now for those of us that act like we HAVE tomorrow, accumulate all this money to look good….
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such BOASTING IS EVIL. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
There are some really cool verses on this subject and I’m not gonna list them all, but here are two examples that Jesus gave, that we should take heed and follow…
When the disciples asked Jesus, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” … [Jesus replied], “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1-4).
Then, in John 13:4-5, Jesus painted the most beautiful picture of humility that I have ever seen, and that is that he bowed down to wash the disciples feet!!! And commanded others to do the same!
So, boastful people… Where is your heart today? Are you wondering what you look like? Who are you trying to impress outside of God’s vision? Are you accumulating wealth so you can look good, and show off?
These things are but a flash.. They will burn up. The only thing that is Eternal is God’s Word.. and OUR Love FOR Him!
Please pray with me… “Father, we praise you, adore you, worship you! Forgive us for our disregard for others, and help us to not esteem ourselves higher than anyone else! You made us and we pray that we honor you with our lives.
Help us to remain humble, like a child, to give YOU all the Glory. And help us to be reminded that we can do NOTHING without your touch in our lives. Thank you for the many blessings, and help us to cherish the things we have, not the material things that we desire and want, but the glorious love that only YOU can give…”
In Jesus Name.. Amen