In today’s western Christian culture, I think our belief system has done more harm
than good. Before I go any further, let me say that I am preaching to me, and to
anyone else who will ponder what I have to say. Christians are not in high esteem
with unbelievers. Many times, Christians are seen as judgmental, belittling, domineering,
prideful and arrogant. Are all Christians this way? NO! Are any Christians this
way? YES! According to my understanding of the Father’s heart none of us should
be that way.
We have spent far too much time comparing people and things
We have spent far too much time comparing people and things. Are those people believers
or unbelievers? Does your church have a worship band or do you sing from a hymnal?
Is there a certain way we need to dress when we attend your church? What denomination
are you? These questions are not bad questions but these kinds of questions cause
us to compare and judge. When people begin to judge others, we put up barriers.
The spirit of comparison is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Can you see how that is comparison? Are you going to heaven or hell? Are you focused
on living a good life or beating yourself and others up when sin occurs?
We need to focus on the ONE thing
My advice for the body of Christ is to stop it! STOP it!! STOP IT!!! In order to
stop comparing people and things, we need to focus on the ONE thing. King David
knew that if he didn’t focus on God, he would mess up. Psalm 27:4 says I am pleading
with the Eternal for this one thing, my soul’s desire: To live with Him all of my
days—in the shadow of His temple, To behold His beauty and ponder His ways in the
company of His people. The Voice Translation. Jesus said something very similar
in Matthew 6:33 – Focus on the kingdom of God and His righteousness and life will
be abundantly good. (My translation).
As I meditated on that scripture, I know I am beginning to have an understanding
of the kingdom of God. It’s wherever God is. However, I need a better understanding
about the righteousness of God. I know it’s been said that it is a right standing
with God, but that definition seems shallow and very churchy.
What we focus on gives us direction
I see His righteousness as the correctness of God. Everything about Him is correct.
He is always right. The totality of God is 100% good and correct. His ways are the
fruit of the Tree of Life. What we focus on gives us direction. We are the image
of God. In order to understand who we are and how we are, we must do what we see
Him doing and say what we hear Him saying. I like that kind of Copycat Christianity.
His righteousness covered Jesus as a man living as us and His righteousness covers
us. It is the power to allow us to focus on His ways and to walk in them. David
wanted to ponder His ways in the company of His people, in the shadow of His temple.
That’s outside the building, folks! Let’s be aware that His righteousness is wherever
He is and He is calling us to be one in His righteousness. Let's bring His goodness
to all that are in need of it.