By golly we are a “me” obsessed culture, aren’t we? I have fallen into the trap of getting myself healthy, realizing I am whole, and finding ways to do what I need to do. Those things are not bad in and of themselves, but when they become the “main” thing in my life, something’s off. I get counseling. I am going to continue to get it. I go to meetings for this and that and I am going to continue to attend those too (homeschool, church, educational, and playdates). BUT, those things are no longer my life’s doings. I am going to share with you something that stuck out to me this past week. Now keep in mind that this was written in the old testament and those folks were not living by the life of Christ yet, but it’s good stuff and it’s alive and speaking to me right now!
Isaiah, The Message Bible in ch1: “Quit your worship charades. I can’t stand your trivial religious games. Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings – meetings, meetings, meetings – I can’t stand one more! Meetings for this and meetings for that. I hate them. You’ve worn me out. I am sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning! When you put on your next prayer performance I’ll be looking the other way. No matter how long, loud, or often you pray I’ll not be listening. And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing people to pieces and your hands are bloody. Go home, wash up and clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of evil doings so I don’t have to look at them any longer. SAY NO TO WRONG. LEARN TO DO GOOD. WORK FOR JUSTICE. HELP THE DOWN AND OUT. STAND UP FOR THE HOMELESS. GO TO BAT FOR THE DEFENSELESS.”
God said this. Now because He lives on the inside of me and I have a revelation of Him I know when he is convicting me of things and showing me things of Himself. I have been all about me, me, me. My evil doings may not be the same as the folks of Sodom and Gomorrah, but my “issues” have taken precedence over Christ and His desires and His mind. I am already healed, why am I continuing to act as if I am not? I am not tearing people to pieces(no more than the average Christian is anyway), but I have had a vain and conceited walk. There is no scale of sin in God’s eyes. Also, for those who are thinking we have been washed clean, that does not mean we are given a free pass to sin. And selfishness is a sin. I have gotten fat on Him and the more I see the things I need to work on, the less I see Him. There is a hurting and dying world and I have not been called to walk with Him simply to become inward focused.
I have a strong and deep desire to spend some times with strippers, escorts, drug addicts, and the extremely mentally ill. What am I going to do with that? Ignore it and continue on with myself? I can’t any longer. Fortunately the Lord never puts seeds like this in one person without giving them others to share it with. There are Brothers and Sisters in my life who have the same wholehearted desire to be bold. I am not afraid of being hurt by these hurting and lost people. I am not afraid of getting taken advantage of of. My only fear is of doing nothing.
Thank you for reading. Have a great week and love someone!