Recognizing the love of self vs. the love of others
By C. Marie, author of The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies, www.theholyspiritacts.com
We have sat in pews and became bothered at families who never dressed respectable in the house of God. We cringe at the mothers who always sit through the sermons as if they and others are able to hear the preacher speak while their toddlers scream non-stop. We wonder why the nicely dressed couples never place money in the collection box at church. But are we supposed to? After all, we get up early on Sundays to make sure we walk through the doors at church looking our very best. Weekly we take the money that we placed aside throughout the days, so that we are able to faithfully support our own church homes. We wonder what is wrong with others who appear to love the Lord but are not willing to make the same financial sacrifices as we do for the church buildings. At church, attention is not called upon our little ones because we train them well at home in ways that they know how to present themselves in public. Throughout the sermons, sometimes we find ourselves distracted by those who we assume wants to mock the house of prayers.
While we view church attendance as a formal occasion, why do we consume ourselves with the type of thoughts that expresses pride instead of humility?
Why do we also find ourselves being bothered at the presence of some others who seek church for ministering purposes so much too?
Does God really care about what we have on? After all, He knows our individual hearts, intentions, and relationships with the Holy Spirit. So should we focus on dress codes on the outside, or the ones on the inside?
Why do we care so much if others place money in the collection box, as if there are no others ways for Children of God to express mercy by other ways, shapes, and forms?
We know that God wants our mercy, not our sacrifices. Then why do we financially support church buildings while not loving others as we do ourselves?
Which is more important in the eyes of God? Is it church buildings’ sanctuaries? Or the Holy Spirit’s living sanctuaries?
Why are we in church anyways? Is it to sing? Listen to music? See our associates? Be seen in our best attires? Greet the pastor? Volunteer for upcoming functions? Feel as if we are good people because the bad ones sleep in on Sundays? Are we there to seek ministering by asking special requests from other Christians, needing personal prayers, or hearing The Word of God? After all, such ministering are some of the manners that lead the Holy Spirit to work through His holy servants of righteousness, to successfully bless those in need of ministering, through the hands and mouths of His sanctified servants. Do we also go to church to minister, by giving prayers for others, finding “the least of these” in the pews to give blessings to, as well as lending our ears to give comfort and encouragements to other Christians? We know that these are also other ways that the Holy Spirit manifests Himself at times through the mouths and hands of Children of God too, to effectively reach others through those holy living sanctuaries of His.
Whether we are inside of church building sanctuaries or not, does the Holy Spirit find usages for those who placed themselves aside and are filled with humility? Or to those who believe that they are well-favored by God and are flawless in His eyes? Out of the two, which one is the greatest in the Kingdom of God?
We know that the Scripture speak about how we have to be perfect, and to keep displaced from worldliness, yet there is nobody good but God.
So why do we judge others so much when we are supposed to be too busy loving and expressing mercy to one another?
According to Romans 14:10-13, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”