Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Good, The Great, and The Judges

(OOPS... SOMEONE DELETED THE FILE TO WHICH I LINKED... MY APOLOGIES)

I recently saw this posted on a friend's Facebook page, and the irony of such a post caught my attention. I find it very difficult not to comment of these types of posts, but since doing so only serves to stir a pot of ill will, I have decided to bring some of these quirky blurbs to my blog to be dissected instead.

I believe that if you are living your life as God intends, then by the very nature of that fact you will face opposition or persecution on a daily basis, be it in the mockery of the unbeliever or the self-righteous judgement/condemnation of the fellow Christian. As our righteousness is as filthy rags before God, it seems that our fellow Man tends to make all too sure that no good deed goes unpunished. It almost makes you want to throw up your hands in exasperation and exclaim, "Why am I doing this?! It's not WORTH it!!" But it IS worth it... not to be considered "good" in the eyes of others, but to be considered obedient in the eyes of the Lord.

Our Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:13-14 that we should, "Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Has it ever crossed your mind that if He is leading all of us down exactly the same path that the path would pretty soon be broad and well-worn?

I have learned that He is not leading all of us down the same path, but as long as I am following HIM, the path He is leading someone else down doesn't really matter. Nor should it matter to anyone else where He is leading me, because in the end, all that really matters is whether or not each of us follows HIM wholeheartedly. "For why should my freedom be judged by another man's conscience?"(a)

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."(b)  "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble..."(c)

For the record, if I would have commented, I would have said that a "great" person would be the one who is able to refrain from criticizing another in the first place... "Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls..."(d)

There is joy on this journey, on my way home to my Father's house,
Cindy <><

(a) 1 Corinthians 10:29, NIV
(b) Matthew 7:1-2, NIV
(c) 1 Corinthians 10: 31-32a, NIV
(d) Romans 14:4, NIV
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