Strictly For Strong Christians!
Why do we always seek to prove our rights at every opportunity? At what point did Jesus prove His rights as God when He walked upon the face of the earth? Even when He knew Judas was stealing, He didn’t say anything; that is, He didn’t go after him to make a public spectacle of him as we would do. If this is true then something is grossly wrong when we go after the weak Christians in a manner that eventually chases them out of the Presence of God. So many ‘strong’ Christians have metamorphosed into Pharisees; they do a lot to win a convert and once done, they make him twice better candidates for hell. Friend, there is a need to readdress our approach to one another especially if you are a strong Christian. “Those of us who are strong and able in faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status.” (MSG) Romans 15:1. The Bible equally says love covers multitude of sins: where is the love when we carry cudgels to beat our brethren down because they are weak. We must stand in the truth (yes) but in love. Truth that does not carry love within is a perverted one: it is not of God! In all His rebukes, God showed love to those that came repenting even to the ones that were set in their ways. The stories of kings Ahab and Nebuchadnezzar are classic examples.
Why are we quick to give up on each other and label those we don’t agree with to be filed away and forgotten? Take a look at yourself and where you came out from: you that is strong, where you always strong? When you were ‘stupid’ in your actions, words and reactions how many times were you publicly disgraced, pulled down or eventually filed away to be forgotten by the Lord? Rather, God raised godly people around you that loved, encouraged and lovingly disciplined you through and out of the messes you found yourself. To the glory of God, that is why you are who you are today! If you cannot see what God is doing presently why not cast your minds to the past and with the same compassion treat those in your care? Verses 2 & 3 says “We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.’” Friend, how have we explored this? As ‘strong’ children of God, do we first look at our reputations and what we will benefit before coming out to help others? Do we actually go out of our way to help our neighbours bearing in mind the definition of who our neighbour is according to Christ in Luke 10:33-37? Don’t lose patience with the brethren; be patient, keep your head and you will see the Lord come through in all trying situations you might be going through with them. Abraham was patient with Lot, David with Saul, Absalom and Joab. Even Jesus Christ with His disciples; you can imagine how He must have felt when two of them were talking about His death and referring to Him as a Prophet and as someone they thought would render political help to the Nation! Friend, it is time to snap out of this nonsense so that we can operate in verse 6: “that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Enough of tearing the weak ones down! The truth of the matter is we must present men perfect in Christ according to Colossians 1:28. Whether men follow us or not should not be our main concern but we must make sure we follow Christ, then He will do the rest. It will be sad indeed to have thought we had served God acceptably only to be a cast away at the last day. Snap out of this deadly stupor! You be patient and just like the rag tag army of David, the brethren are going to rise up to be called the Army of the Most High God and you will testify that it is indeed the Lord’s doing. God bless you.