What would be the diagnosis of someone with the following problem?
- Runs out of the front door, after feeding cat, to make big dog stop eating cat’s food.
- Screams at dog from next door to “stay in its own yard.” (Like he knows what I’m saying.)
- Becomes sad when looking at dog because his bones are showing through his skin.
- Runs out of the back door because big dog’s twin dog is heading toward back of its house. (Owner may be outside so I can tell them to keep their dogs in their yard and to feed them.)
- Grab broom on way in back door through the house to run out of front door because both dogs are heading toward cat’s food on front porch.
- Asks husband to go to neighbors house and give them a piece of my mind.
Crazy person? Someone on the edge? No, a woman getting ready to go to church and aggravated because this is not the first time the above has taken place.
Going to church? After acting like that?!? Yes! What if any of the other neighbors who thinks I’m mean and crazy happens to visit my church and sees me there? They may not go back!
How many times have we expected someone we saw in church to act a certain way? I know I”m asking many questions, but there is a point. Has a Christian that goes to your church or you have seen ministering in the community ever performed a human act and made you judge them and say to yourself, “If that’s what church or Christianity is about I don’t want it?”
For us Christians, how many of us have ever seen or heard of another Christian brother/sister acting a certain way and judged them saying to ourselves, “They must not really serve God?”
I know I’m guilty of some of those things, but what I want to say to you today is don’t let a Christian who is having a bad day, going through menopause, or trying desperately to dodge darts of the enemy and is weary, keep you away from a relationship with our Savior. Or keep you from going to church.
We have to keep our eyes on the perfect One, Jesus. Not each other. We should strive and learn how to live in the Spirit and not our flesh.This keeps us focused on Jesus and keeps others around us from going astray. But for those of us who have been on both sides of this scenario I can truly say we need to stay attentive to God and not to our flesh.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5 (ESV.)