“…there is no one who does good, not even one.” reference
So, are you even trying to serve or glorify your Creator? I know I am lacking in this department, which is one of our dictates. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we may try to be better people, based upon the biblical standard(s), we will never be seen as perfect or even near perfect, because that is our nature. But by God’s grace, or gift of mercy, though we will be judged and all of our secrets will be brought to light for our judgement, God will based upon our hearts and spirits. We will always be left wanting to be better, but it is where our hearts are and where our spirit guides us that we will be judged by God. We have been told how this judgement will go in the (Parable of) the Sheep and the Goats:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
We must change our outlook on things by doing what is right, morally right. We truly need to help those around us in whatever way we can; whether it be monetarily, physically, emotionally, etc. We cannot help everyone without doing vast detrimental damage to our own family or psyche. Though, we are but individuals, we can do something! I cannot do everything, but I can do something! Which brings up the well known epithet. Know that YOU can do SOMETHING for SOMEONE to HELP. If we each would take such a position in our hearts and minds to do so, there would be very few for the government to help. In-fact, this was a mindset of our founding fathers that WE THE PEOPLE were to take care of our neighbors in need and not a governmental project!.
I am of the mind that we can all play a part, in the grand scheme of things, by helping our neighbors. Our neighbors are our fellow believers, they are also our non-believing neighbors, too. It is through our generosity toward them that they can see the generosity of the Christ! And thereby, be drawn toward Christ for His offer and gift of salvation. While in bible study this past weekend this subject came up, the old adage of “The greatest case against Christianity, are the Christians themselves!” Which is true, if you place it in context of what most Christians do, such as: perfect at Sunday Church service and bible classes, but a completely different person Monday through Saturday; learns and understands the bible, but does not practice what is taught inside the covers of the scriptures; etc… We can all learn a lot, we can all change a lot, as we all need to! According to the Apostle Peter, we are all called to “…a royal priesthood…” (ref: 1 Peter 2:9) In so far as to call us to that royal priesthood, we are going to be held to a much higher standard. If someone does not hear the word and continues in a life of sin and God was placing them in your path to talk to them; the will be judged for what they did because they should have seen the markers that God had left for them. However, YOU and I will be held accountable for their souls! (ref: Ezekiel 18) This is where we should possess a fear of the Lord and reverence for His ultimate judgement over our lives and eternal souls!
We often possess that, as the title espouses, a “false bravado” about ourselves. We seem to become full of ourselves. We tend to think, “yeah, that was all me!” When, in-fact, it was all God’s doing for our benefit, or for someone eases benefit.We often take credit where no credit is due us. We were told by Paul the Apostle:
“…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” ~Romans 12:3
So be a little more discrete about yourself and your abilities. Some of those, if not all, abilities were gifts of God for you to do His work, but we tend to forget such things because of our thinking more highly of ourselves that we should. Remember Samson? He has always been depicted as a muscular man of God, but if you study the word correctly you will see he was more like a college freshman prankster with great strength which he possessed when the Spirit of God filled him. The majority of the time he did use his strength, it was for his personal gain. In Judges 14:4 it says the Lord, “…was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.” Samson, for the most part was a failure as a Judge, because he used his power for personal gain and not for the Lord’s will. In-fact, even his last act of bringing down the Colosseum was that of revenge and not of God’s will of Judgement, so-to-say. The unfortunate truth is this, that many of us tend to use our gifts given us by God for our own personal gain, instead of for God’s glory or His specific will for our lives.
The next time you are ready to use your gift from God, whether it be writing, designing, drawing, singing, teaching, motivating, evangelizing, etc., remember to thank God for it and to seek how you may glorify Him by using it properly and according to His will. It just may make all the difference in the world as to the final accomplishment and what is presented to someone special or to the world.
Consider that for a moment or two!
May God Richly Bless You!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD