Too often Christians get caught up with being negative and criticizing others. Whether it’s a group within a congregation or a rant on public media, speaking negative about others only builds up the self-righteousness of the participants. Our focus should not be on what not to do, but rather, on what Jesus has told us to do.
The commission Jesus gave to each of us was to preach His gospel and to be positive about His salvation! The new age religion wants to focus only on God’s love—totally ignoring His commandments and laws and His judgments—and likes to spend its time pointing out the flaws of others. The attention is brought to themselves for how great they are now that they’ve found this truth. However, the truth is that they are caught up in the lies of the devil.
- The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.—John 10:10 NKJV
Jesus is our example and we should follow Him and do what He did and what He has told us to do. He came to preach salvation and then He became our salvation. This is what we need to tell others! Jesus said:
- “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”—Luke 4:18-19
Yes, there are false teachers and preachers and doctrines out there, but unless our intention is put them onto the right path, we should just leave them alone and stop talking about them. The salvation of God through His Son Jesus should be our only message! This is the truth that is anointed and that will touch hearts to bring people to repentance. This is our goal—to get people saved!
When Jesus walked this earth, He talked about the goodness of God and of the love that God has for people. True, he did come against the Pharisees at times and He did criticize them BUT that was only when they came to Him to trick Him. Jesus didn’t seek them out to challenge them, and He didn’t waste time talking about them. Rather, He talked about His Father, His salvation, His Kingdom and Heaven.
- And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.—Matthew 4:23
Jesus is the King of this earth and He is about to return to sit on David’s throne in Jerusalem! No one knows the exact time of His return, but we do know that He’s coming soon. We don’t have time to waste on foolish gossip about people who don’t want to follow our Lord; we need to use our time wisely and do what Jesus told us to do.
When we received His salvation, we also received His Spirit in us and our bodies literally became God’s temple. In the Old Testament God anointed certain people, and in the New Testament God walked the earth through Jesus. And when Jesus ascended into Heaven, He sent His Spirit to live in us so that we are now His temple, and He speaks to people and helps them through us.
- Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?—1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV
Too many Christians waste time and they don’t get out there and do what they are supposed to do. It’s so much easier to become the official critic that makes people aware of the faults of others. But that isn’t going to get people saved! That isn’t going to show them that they are sinners in need of salvation!
In Matthew 25:14-30 we read where Jesus told the parable of the talents, where He gave five to one servant, two to another and one to another. The first two did something with their talents to bring an increase, but the third did nothing and thought it would be okay. How wrong that man was! When we become saved and filled with His Spirit, God expects us to do something with what He’s given us.
We aren’t perfect and as we grow in the Lord we’ll still do things that we’ll wish we hadn’t done. But, when our eyes are on Jesus and our heart is on God and when we study the Bible and spend time in prayer and worship, we’ll begin to realize just who we are in Christ and our only desire will be to please Him. And we’ll begin to understand the mysteries of the Bible that God wants us, His children, to know.
Then His desires will become our desires and we’ll become part of this earthly army that has a positive message for the world. Our purpose will be to help others, to pray with them and for them and to bring home to God those who are still lost. Then God will look at us and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
Let’s focus on the love that God has for us and for others, and let’s do what He’s asked us to do. Let’s not waste time judging and talking about people who have chosen to miss the cross. Our commission is to show God’s love to others so that they can come to the cross! Let’s replace our negative approach with a positive one and be blessed!
- Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”—Mathew 25:34-36, 40. * If this message has been a blessing to you, please feel free to share it with others so they, too, can be blessed. And if you haven’t already subscribed, then please subscribe to this blog so that you can receive each new message directly into your inbox. Thank you and stay blessed….Ronnie.