Preparing for another weekend with my little guys, I was anxious to see how it would go. I was starting the weekend with my parents at a Chonda Pierce concert. We all need to laugh...and ...um cry.
Words stuck out to me when she mentioned being a guest on Wanda Sykes' show. Wanda told her that she was the only christian that had ever been nice to her.
Why? Why is who we choose to represent in this world not being represented at all? People will never know Him if all they see is us. We have to let Him be what they see, NOT us.
I think it comes down to a choice. A single choice. You choose to follow Him and choose the way of righteousness. Or don't. But not both. You see, if you "choose both" you have turned you back on what is Holy.
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 2 Peter 2:21
We can't afford to turn our backs on rigteousness. We pay a price. If we turn others' from His love, His mercy, His grace, His laws, then we have turned from it all as well.
Ezekiel 18:24 "But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.
Why not, intead of condeming others who are in sin (and not even counting our own sin) carry their burdens with them. Then, they could see HIM.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
When we fall away from who He has given us knowledge to be, we crucify Him all over again. The people we condem see Him as they see us. Are we representing Him or us?
Hebrews 6:6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
You see friends, we are all in the same boat. We are all stained. We can all be cleansed by the same blood. The One who loves us all the same.
James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
If we choose Him, let's hold on to who He is and let others see Him.
Hebrews 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.