Sunday, February 4, 2007

the main thing

A scripture from 1 Corinthians reminds me that that it is pointless to focus on our differences. Our focus should be on Christ, and our goal is in Him. The rest becomes minutiae.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

We as believers in Christ get divided by so many details, and when we begin pointing our fingers at each other, we take our eyes off Jesus. Sidetracked, once again. Definitely guilty as charged. My truth is true for me. Is it relevant? Is it helpful? Perhaps to some, perhaps not to others.

The tone of one's writing is difficult to determine on the internet, and it is easy to assume the worst. Please know that my goal is not to inflame, but to speak from my heart.

3 comments:

Faith said...

I sense your frustration. I have alos been accused of finding fault etc. when I have had concerns with the LLC. I am not just trying to find fault, however. I speak from my heart because I have concerns. I am not listened to with a sincere heart. Probably never will be. I will just be accused of being in sin and being an "unbeliever". That I just don't understand because I don't have the eyes of faith, I don't have the Holy Spirit.
Far from the truth as I see it! I just try to focus on Christ and his love for me. I think it will always be difficult for me to see something my family does not see. I can only pray!
I agree, people can get so caught up in pointing fingers at others, or worrying about this sin or that sin. And where does that lead you? Away from Christ. Focus on him. He deserves all the attention! The devil does not deserve so much attention. The more you give him, the more powerful he becomes. Right now I am focusing on strengthening my relationship with Christ and living my life for him and obeying him. I would do anything for him because I love him so much! Its so exciting to see where he is going to lead me, because I have just recently met him and found my faith in him. Very exciting, amazing, a love beyond description and a beauty that surpasses everything I have ever seen!

daisyaday said...

faith,

I agree. I think that you should just keep your eyes on Jesus. Learn all about him. Study his life. Read God's Word.

Remember that in Romans 5:1-5 it says, Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

We have gained access into this grace through Him, by faith. Through Him, by faith. Not through man. Those are not our words. Those are the words of the most Holy God, written for us.

If His grace comes through Christ, it makes sense that we should keep our focus there. Do not let your family blind you to the truth, the truth we can see written in the Bible. It is exciting to see where He will lead us.

I never thought that when I left the church that I would find a faith that truly sustains me, even during the stressful times in my life. I believed there was no God, because I thought it was impossible that a loving God could exist and allow the things that had happened in my life. If He could allow that, I wanted no part of Him. But He was way ahead of me, waiting for me to just surrender to Him.

In John 9, there is an example of a man who was born blind, and the disciples asked Jesus if it was his fault or his parents' fault that he was born blind. Jesus said it wasn't either of their faults. He said that the man was born blind so that the power of God could be seen in him, and then Jesus healed him.

I see that in my life as well. God didn't put me in the situation that brought me so much pain because He was sadistic or because He wanted to punish me. He has used it to display His majesty and grace, however. I think about how God plucked me out of my personal hell, and when I can share that with another person who is suffering in a similar way, God's power and glory is revealed through my restored life. In Isaiah 61:1-4, he talks about how he was anointed to bind up the brokenhearted --yes, He did-- and to release the prisoners from darkness --yep-- and to bestow a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair--indeed! God has done all of these things in my life. I know now that He will never leave me, never abandon me, never turn His back on me. Ever.

I think that my favorite verses for the longest time, though, have been from Psalm 116:1-2 where it says, “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” That completely expresses my gratitude for what He did. The rest of the Psalm fits as well, but verses one and two are the short version of my story. God is so GOOD, faith!

Faith said...

Its so nice to have someone who understands what I've been through!! I turned my back on church when I left the LLC, which is very common from what I've read. I had no interest in going, I didn't even know that I could talk to God like I do now. He is always there to listen! Its so great. I talk to him thoughout the day, often. Its so important to keep communication open in any relationship, especially a relationship with God. I agree, he will never leave us! Which is so great. He is always there. The one person we can ALWAYS count on! I love that.
I have often felt too, why me? Why was I led down this path? Why am I not still faithfully believing like most of my family in the LLC? But now, I just don't question it. I accept what God has shown me. I have found him and he is so beautiful. And through my experience, I can help others too. He has a purpose for everything, a reason for everything that happens in our life. I know my experience did not just happen, it was meant to be. And I am so thankful he called me to him! Wow! Beautiful he is. Only he knows what is best for us, we just have to trust him fully! I will always trust God above all else. What he has shown me when I did that is truly amazing. I laid my life down for him and told him to take it. My life is in his hands now. Where he wants me, I don't care. Just lead me and guide me, I will follow.