Black, White, or Grey? Pt. 2

27 Feb

There are liberties that God gives us. After all, the Christian life is not a cookie-cutter type of religion. We are responsible to walk in the light that God has shown us to be true – whether these be truths from His Word, convictions He’s impressed upon our hearts, or standards He has allowed us to grow into. If we are not obedient to these, then to us it is considered sin. God may reveal different truths at different times to each one of us and it is our responsibility to be obedient and walk in them. Along with that, we are responsible for not using our liberties as a stumbling block to others. Yes, each person is responsible for their own walk with God however we are to encourage and edify our brothers and sisters in Christ. This also is a responsibility of ours as children of the King. The apostle Paul was an example to us as believers when he confessed that he would even abstain from eating meat if he knew it would cause his brother to be offended. That’s how seriously he took the probable effect that his Christian walk could have on those around him.

Now, if we were to ask ourselves – “This liberty of mine, will it cause another brother to sin? Will it cause him to pull back and fall away from a fervent, vibrant relationship with Christ? Or will it point Him to see more of the goodness and awesomeness of God?”  – what would our answer be?

To our shame, I think we too often take our Christian walk and its influence on others too lightly. We simply don’t care. We don’t think that the spiritual aptitude of our fellow brothers and sisters could weigh heavily on the behavior of our lives when in all honesty it really can. What precedent and legacy are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Nancy DeMoss has said, “We cannot sow seeds of halfhearted, undisciplined, worldly lives, and then hope for “crop failure” in the next generation.” Perhaps we too often look at the influence that our lives have on others from a temporal perspective rather than an eternal perspective.

Psalm 34:2 encourages us to make our boast in the Lord. “My soul shall make her boast in the Lord”. To boast is to make a show to others. How often do we make a show of God’s wonderful goodness? How often do we show the joy that comes from being called His own and being called to be separated from this world? Do our actions and the way we ‘live out’ our lives point others to the glory of God or does it point them to seeing more of us in our flesh?

Our ministry throughout life ought to have a focus on bringing others into a desire to magnify and exalt the name of the Lord. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (vs 3). We shouldn’t just want to give in to the complacencies of life in the flesh but rather build each other up in spiritual ways so we can bless God and advance His kingdom on this earth.

You may be thinking…..”great, so do I have to sit and read my Bible 24/7 to point others to Jesus?” “Any time I’m with my friends, are we suppose to be in prayer and be having Bible studies?” Remember, there are times and seasons for everything. There are times when it might be more beneficial to steal away and pray with a friend who is hurting but then there may be times to have a pizza party and encourage yourselves together in laughter and sharing!

It all comes down to the motives of our hearts. What are we feasting on in our lives? Psalm 34:8 says to taste and see that the Lord is good. The more we taste of His riches, goodness, and pleasures – the more we will want. And the more we want of the Lord, the more we will become like Him. And the more we become like Him, the more His character will flow through us out into the lives of others.

We have free wills. God can’t twist our arms and no one else can twist our arms to do this or that. Authorities can caution us in our lives. Trials can come to teach us one thing or another. Family and friends can admonish us. But really, we will make our own choices. We will choose to live how we want. We will choose to abide in the light or take our hiding in the cares and snares of this world. We will choose if we want to live with a clear conscience before God and others or a conscience that’s been hardened and seared by the burdens this world has to offer. We will choose to live for ourselves or decide to take up our cross and and follow the Saviour. We will choose how we want to live.

We don’t need to be reminded of the fact that our lives will eventually come to an end. We may be given the privilege to live to the ripe old age of 92 but then that one day  will come when we will enter those pearly gates and meet our Savior face to face. Just imagine if we are able to look down from heaven. Would we want to see our friends of the past counting to remembrance the days when we lived moment-to-moment just havin’ a good time despite the fall-out and repercussions it brought; or would we rather see lives that were dramatically changed and impacted for eternity by our testimony and walk of faith?

What will you choose? Will it be Black, White, or Grey?

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