So excited to see the end of this week.
The weather is gorgeous.
It's funny what good weather does to us all! As I am driving to work I am happy, excited to start the day :)
Everyday we make decisions and each of those decisions have a consequence whether good or bad, right? Want to know something that has completely blown me away since discovering Christ for myself?
Living for Him and with Him has little to do with what we perceive is right and wrong.
Over the years I remember thinking God was this ogre, like Shrek, sitting up on His throne and telling everyone what they were doing was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
And basically that everyone was going to hell.
It's so refreshing because as I have become to know Christ for myself I have found out that this perception is so wrong. In fact, Christ cares more about giving you true life than persecuting you for what our society perceives as right and wrong.
The greatest example of this is Jesus himself. Look at the type of people he surrounded himself with and completely changed their lives. Society and religion wanted Him dead because He came against what they considered to be lawful and holy to them. They were mad that He performed miracles and saved people's lives on the Sabbath Day. How ridiculous!
“Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
- Matthew 11:4-6
Their thoughts about what was right or lawful didn't matter to Jesus.
He did what was righteous to Him.
If someone was sick, He figured it better to heal them than to follow the laws and have them continue in pain. He truly cares about giving us life and love.
He is true love.
One of the first things me and God discussed was wine.
I told God, I liked to drink wine. I told Him as I was reading this book (Foods that Heal) and that it said that a couple of glasses a day were good for my heart. And if it wasn't necessarily bad for me, why did so many people have so much to say about drinking it! He then gave me a limit. He told me about taking things in moderation. (Eph 5:18) and then He revealed a scripture to me about what many thought of Him.
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
I am not saying that God doesn't take different things out of peoples lives for good reason. There are times when we make these things become more important to us than anything. He explained to me that there are some things in this world that are not necessarily bad, but if they have no benefit to them, then why put them into your life. He has to teach us each about moderation in all things and how not to let things in this world rule over you especially if they bring no benefits to you.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
We as humans are very quick to judge.
We think we understand God and what He is truly saying, although he tells us that isn't true. Sometimes things are so deep, it is better just to not put our thoughts or judgment on them and let God handle the legwork.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
It is more important to Christ for us to be like Him, and show people love and life than to judge them. Its more important that we have life than worry about what is right or wrong to today's society.
He has made a perfect plan for each and everyone of us; and I am sorry but I do not know what yours looks like - Only He Does. And that's what is so awesome about Him. He wants to get to know you, and it's always a judgement free zone with Him. So throw out all of your societal pressures, religious doctrines, because He just wants to love on you and through His love, He will teach you the absolute best way to have true life!
Hope you have a great weekend!