There was a time when people actually look for the best in people, places, and happenings. But I have seen that attitude dwindle to virtual extinction in my short life span. Situations, peer pressure, progress, and cyberspace have made the majority of people viciously skeptical of anything and everything. Far too many people have stopped looking for the proverbial silver lining that accompanies the clouds of life. Many slept through the class that taught, you will find whatever it is your looking for. For example, the person who seems to always have bad things happening is the person who expects bad things to happen and therefore makes no provision to prevent it. Just as it is expected, so shall it arrive, constantly and consistently. Ergo, the person who has many good things happen is the exact opposite, as they make wise decisions and expect good things to come from those decisions.
Now having expressed my belief, I would like to add this tidbit of wisdom, one’s decision-making power is one of the, if not the most serious tool we have for this life. Our everything is developed within the confines of our choices! Every decision we make is like adding a brick to building our future and we get to design the size, strength, and worth. Matthew explained this principle in Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV), 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
This brings me to God’s point, we as a people have blatantly bathed ourselves in stupidity and lost any regard for the wellbeing of our species. To date, this is the only planet that our human species can inhabit, which is considered a very short time in God’s scheme of things. Logically one would think that being educated, civilized, people would do everything in their power to be kind to one another and make this a wonderful place to live. However, the illogical fact is most deceived themselves in believing possessions are good, more is better, and bigger is best. Many lose sight of the truth recorded in Matthew 7:12 (ESV), “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Far too many rely on the things of this life rather than their relationship with Jesus.
Look and listen to those around you this week, observe their attitudes, listen to their talk, and most of all “look” for their joy. I suspect you’ll see what I am seeing, a lot of outspoken, unhappy, confused people of which some are Christians. They have for whatever reason lost the joy of Jesus and have gotten pretty good at chastising everything they see as spiritual. They boldly voice their opinion by bashing the church or publicly finding fault with the people of the church. One of the main tells for this is they didn’t come to receive more of Jesus, they came out of civic duty, to be seen by the others as faithful, and to judge others in attendance. For those I offer Matthew 7:16 (ESV), You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? A person who leaves God’s presence without change didn’t meet Jesus while there! God knows the real you and He promises to judge the heart, not the theatrical performance some put on for people.
A vast number of believers that occupy this world today have become stale in their relationship with Jesus, bored with the church, as their spiritual fires smolder, and their excitement wanes. Many Christians in this situation blame God and boldly complain of God’s absence when in fact they strayed into boredom. They need help in rebuilding their relationship with Jesus. They desperately need a Godly friend with a holy match to ignite the flame, support the fuel and share the warmth. Remember, Matthew 7:21 (ESV), “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. May we all bring a brother or sister to or back to God!
My prayer for this week is from Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV), 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. May our boldness be aimed at praising you and bringing others to your saving grace and not turning them away! Amen
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
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