It’s sad to say, but it’s true.. Too often Christians are known for what we are against.. Not for what we are for. Not all of us.. Not all of the time.. But a lot of the time.
Sometimes people are turned off by the church in general. And hear me when I say that THE CHURCH is not the building. Sometimes it’s because they feel judged by those in the church. Other times it’s because of a past incident in the church where they were treated like an outcast. An outcast. Cast out.. think about it. We, as Authentic Followers of Christ Jesus should not cast someone away just because they are different.
We are called to love like Jesus. Is it always easy? I think you know the answer to that. It is only possible if we let Jesus love through us.
I love my church. One of the reasons I love it is because it is diverse. Diversity is beautiful.. Diversity is a gift.
God made each one of us unique. He didn’t mass produce us in a cookie cutter mold.
We are all different. My different is ok. Your different is ok. And the person who walks in and loves Jesus with all their heart and soul and mind but looks different from me or you is OK. Read the above quote again. The one about cookies. ;)
Just because someone looks the part on the outside does not.. I repeat does not mean that their heart looks the part.
God looks at the heart. Man looks at outward appearances more often than at the heart.
Take time to see the beauty in different.
If we are authentic Christians then we are called to love like Jesus. Without conditions placed on our love.
Love God, Love People, Shine JESUS.
That is what you will see in my bio on my social media pages, that is what I strive to live daily. It is my anthem. My life’s mission. When I write my book, I am pretty sure that my anthem above will be the subtitle. It is what we are called to do.
Jesus is about relationship not religion. Love not law. Sure, we have standards to live up to. As Christians we should look like Christ to others. On the inside and on the outside reflecting JESUS to the world. Our bodies are HIS temple if we are HIS. Reflecting Jesus to the person in line behind us, to the cashier, to the waiter, to the Physician, to the hard to love people, to every single person in our path. We should reflect God in all that we say and do.
It is all about the heart. I keep thinking of that catchy commercial. The one that says “What’s in YOUR wallet?” You know the one I am referring to? An insurance commercial. Well I keep hearing.. “What’s in YOUR heart?”
WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART?
Love or Hate?
Un-forgiveness or a sweet spirit?
A Judgemental Spirit?
What is in our heart comes out through our actions and words.
But the good news is….GRACE.
Oh I need that GRACE because the truth is that I have had all the above in my heart at times. The good and the bad. I need that GRACE that God so freely pours out on me every single day. I need to be pouring out that same grace in turn to others. You do too. We all do. Oh that GRACE. It is so beautiful.
Judging others because they are a different skin color, have tattoos, have piercings, don’t have tattoos, don’t have piercings, listen to rock christian instead of old hymns, listen to old hymns instead of contemporary christian music. Maybe it is even judging others because they are quiet and reserved or loud and outgoing.. Maybe it is judging someone because of their choice of education or vocation..The list goes on and on. It is not our job to judge. Can we lovingly in a grace laced way speak biblical truth into someone’s life? Sure, if our motives are pure and we have prayed about it and are prompted by The Holy Spirit to do so. It is about the heart.
Love like Jesus.
Take time to love.
Heal not hurt.
Look at ourselves before we look at others.
Check our motives.
Keep it shut.
Love not wound.
Heart check time again.
Oh that beautiful GRACE.
~ What’s in my heart?
~ Do I need to declutter and purge some junk that I have been hoarding in my heart?
~ Am I being judgmental and if I am, do I need to rid myself of that way of thinking?
~ Do I truly love others the way that God has commanded me to love?
~ Do I have a relationship with Jesus?
~ Do I look like a Christian on the outside but need to clean up the inside?
~ Do I make others feel welcome in my church or community or place of work or home?
~ Do I shine Jesus?
Proverbs 4:23 ~ Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.
1 Samuel 16:7b ~ The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
Psalm 51:10 ~ Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Matthew 7:2 ~ For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Until Next Time,