It is Sunday. A day considered for worship by many denominations. People flock the streets, dressed in their best apparel, hustling to get to church. Anxiety builds up in many to hear the musicians play and the beautiful voices of the choir blending, singing sweet melodies. With collars popped and shoes intact, they make themselves known to the public, “Off to church”. At church, songs are being offered up to the heavens and many sing to the top of their lungs. Others think to themselves, “They are so spiritually connected”. Time for tithes and offering, their hands seem to be stuffed, cant close properly. “Waow. God is truly blessing them. Why can’t that be me?”, grips the minds of others. Service is over and the week is here again. Time flies and it’s the weekend. Friday night, heading out with the family, many eyes see the same people who sang to the top of their lungs and gave the most tithes and offering, in the most compromising position, slurring curses and almost to a drunken state. Minds flares up and calls “Christian people” hypocrites, eventually leading them to stop going to the house of God…… Sounds familiar? I am sure it does. This could have been you, or is it you now? I can tell you, this was me. Then I pose the question. Where are your eyes?
It is only human and quite normal for us to look at others and deduce certain things. After all the human mind is quite analytical. However, what comes after the deductions are critical elements of life. Why I say this? Because these decisions can either positively impact or negatively retract our lives. Stop and think for a while. If you saw someone doing something known to be detrimental to life, although they try to delineate ‘perfection’, will you then judge them and rebel because of their wrong? I consider that stupidity. No wonder Jesus used the word “fools’ to describe some people and “foolish” actions. It should be the total opposite. When we see a wrong being done, we should endeavor to do right. If we try to make this lives practice, we will see so much more fruitfulness and productivity as a people. When our eyes are not used to see faults and mouths to expound upon it ,elevating its emptiness but rather to focus on our goals and our mandate to ourselves to be the best and what God intended us to be, we will see a drastic uplifting in lifestyles. That’s looking at things from an everyday logical humanistic point of view. How about our spirituality ? How about our life with God? Again. Where are your eyes?
I often wonder why it is so easy for us to look on with bated breath to see Christian people stumble and fall. We see the fall, we laugh and slander that person name without hesitation. What baffles me is, the fact that we know what’s right and what should and should not be done and don’t practice it. Yet finds pleasure in ridiculing the person who is trying to build up perfection in their lives. I have come to understand and accept that some people don’t know God but just know about him and so won’t expect them to practice basic Christian principles. However, what about you? The Christian man or woman. Why are you being caught up in the charade of critiquing? The time we take to focus on our brother and sister wrong, is time we can spend in prayer, praying for their deliverance and us having a deeper experience with God. Where are your eyes? The book of Hebrews 12: 2 says: Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
That verse could not be clearer. We are here to finish what Jesus started. When we look left and right, we lose sight of where we are and eventually become lost, just like the person we are “bashing”. That’s why the bible say, judge not or else you be judged. We love to quote scriptures like “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’ – to add back support for our wrong but what about the verse that says ‘We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us – (Phillipians 4:13) or Psalm 12: 4 – We will overcome with our tongues. With lips such as ours, who can be our master?” We forget these verses. Why?Because our eyes are not set on him who is able to keep, guide and direct us. We prefer look at Jane and John and say they are hypocrites, so we are living how we want. Please be reminded that when Christ return, Jane, John and you will be judged according to your individual works and placed accordingly. Be careful that Jane and John don’t repent and go to heaven, leaving you babbling at Gods feet. It is imperative that we see, this Christian life is between God and an individual. If you should talk, let it be a word of encouragement or something uplifting, not degrading. Keep your eyes on Jesus. That’s the only way in this everyday disintegrating world we will stay afloat.
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