Throughout my walk with Christ I have noticed that one of the issues we have sometimes is wanting to force the image of Christ on to others, or wanting to force them into doing the right thing. I myself have been guilty as charged.
As soon as someone comes to Christ we want to change how they dress, how they carry themselves, and what they do and that is not our place.
Sometimes it’s done with good intentions because we care about the person and want to see them do the right thing. Other times it’s done from a place of religiousness, thinking that unless a person changes on the outside than they’re not changed on the inside.
I have come to learn that Jesus deals with the inside first. Jesus said in Matthew 23:27,28 woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful on the outside, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. If you are wrong on the inside than it does not matter if you look right on the outside.
Yes, there is a certain image that comes with living for Christ Jesus because we are the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and when people see us they should see Christ, but only Jesus himself can mold us into that image, and he starts by changing our hearts and minds FIRST.
We need to stop placing pressure on each other to do certain things because it “looks” right or not do certain things because it “looks” bad. Now, the bible does tell us in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to abstain from all appearance of evil, which means if it looks bad then we probably shouldn’t do it, but my point is that we should not be pushing each other to do things simply because it LOOKS right. We should be encouraging each other to do what is right and pleasing in the sight of God because it IS right, and allow each other the freedom to grow at whatever pace we choose because at the end of the day we answer to God not man.
This walk is about pleasing God not man. (Acts 5:29)
Please do not misunderstand what I am saying here. We are supposed to tell each other the truth and hold each other accountable as sisters in Christ, but we cannot force or guilt trip each other into doing the right thing.
Let’s stop trying to do the work of the Holy Ghost and allow the Holy Ghost to do it’s job in our lives and in the lives of others. I promise the Holy Spirit can do a way better job than you or I can.
Givin’ It To You Straight,
Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying, speak every [wo]man truth with [her] neighbor: for we are members one of another.
Have you ever had someone try to force you into doing the right thing? How did it make you feel, and how did you overcome it? Have you been the one trying to force the right thing on to someone else? If so, what was your reasoning and how did it make you feel when it didn’t work?