Do you ever stop and wonder how God feels about what is going on among those who call themselves His children?
I do and it hurts. If it hurts me, then imagine how God must feel. Yes, God has feelings. Oh, He doesn’t get His feelings
“hurt” the way we do, but He still has feelings. Let’s think about it. He sent His own Son to earth to die in our place.
That’s pretty big, wouldn’t you say? He pours out grace upon us, but that grace isn’t to be taken advantage of.
Grace isn’t a license to sin. Grace is there for when we do fail. Christians aren’t perfect people, but we are
redeemed people and redeemed people are called to live holy lives. God even gave us His Holy Spirit so we’d
have the resources to live holy lives.
Then, what’s happening? Things that God calls sin is being called okay by some within the church. Many things are
not considered okay, but because they are not dealt with by church leadership, they are given a seeming nod of approval.
And if the church leadership does deal with it, many within the congregation are up in arms, calling it “judging.”
(That’s a lesson for another time!!!) If you are bold enough to speak out, be prepared for the backlash. The truth is
that many people are “offended” by someone speaking the truth of God’s Word. I know. A few months ago,
I encouraged someone to be careful of the path she was taking. Guess what? I was the bad guy!
Another time, I was verbally attacked by someone who was offended by what was simply read from the Scriptures.
No editorial comment had been made, only the reading of the Word. Apparently, it hit a nerve because this
person got pretty upset and said some strong things that went totally against what the Word said.
And, of course, I was the bad guy in that scenario, too. I just read a blog from a woman who spoke out about
the lack of modesty in the church. She got blasted!! So many people responded to the post they had to shut down
receiving any more comments. Yes, there were people who did agree, but a whole lot of them were very upset
with her stand and took things way further than I believe she had intended. That’s what we do.
We read more into it because we don’t want to hear it. Then, we try to justify our actions, saying we think
we are okay in what we’re doing and no one is going to tell us different.
So, again I ask, what is happening? Are we “playing” church? Do we think we can live any old way we
want to without consequences? Is it because we’ve lost the healthy fear of God? Is it because there is no
accountability among God’s people? Is it because we’ve swung the plumb line of God’s Word off-center when it
comes to the teaching of grace, leaving no room for the teaching of obedience and responsibility?
I Peter 1:14-16 says ” As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which
were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also
in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.””
If you are a child of God, then you were “called.” Called means “set apart.” Set apart from what we used to be.
Set apart from the world. We are called to be holy in ALL our behavior. Yesterday, Jason McDaniel spoke at
Grace Fellowship and he talked about running the race of the Christian life with endurance and how we can be
a “serious” runner. Serious runners remove everything that weighs them down. Jason challenged us to get alone
before God and ask Him to show us not just the sins that hold us back, but also the “weights,” those things
that may be permissible, but slow us down. How will I know if it’s a “weight?”
He said to ask this question: “Does it help me run?” If the answer is no, then we need to lay it down.
The Christian life isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright hard sometime. But as we look toward eternity,
anything we forego now is nothing in comparison to what awaits us in heaven. I challenge you to get before God
and ask HIS opinion on what is right and what is wrong. I challenge you to be willing to do it His way regardless
of what those around you may think or say. I challenge you to love like Jesus, to go above and beyond like Jesus, to
take the role of a servant as Jesus did, and to be obedient to the Father as Jesus was.
Yes, it will cost you to walk in obedience.
It cost Jesus His very life, but that didn’t stop Him!!!
Lots of love, Sharon
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable
in Thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14