Becoming Like Jesus
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Yesterday in our Bible Study Class we were talking about the proper times to stand our ground as Christians. The discussion was around when, and what it should look like.
Today we Christians often choose to take the silent route. We don’t want to speak up because we don’t want to hurt feelings. Other times, we get into a heated debate over something we feel is important, and dogmatically, want to show how much we know, and more importantly, want to WIN the debate. I honestly don’t know which is worse, pride, or apathy.
There was a lot of discussion on this topic with our class. One member had let something in her family fester as long as she could, and finally let her sibling have it “with both barrels”. The message she communicated was sound Biblical truth, unfortunately the “envelope” she delivered it in was anger.
Another knew a loved one who was a Christian, practicing a behavior God does not approve of. She didn’t bring it up, but when commenting on one of the social media about that behavior, that same loved one came after her. She reluctantly backed down, not wanting to muddy the water further.
Early in my Christian life those were my stories over and over. Vacillating back and forth from silence and apathy, to winning LOUD discussions with PRIDE. Neither one is very pretty to God. If He ever scratches His head, I am sure I have caused it numerous times. He see’s me do one of these extremes, “scratches His head”, and thinks to Himself, “Why won’t he do the right thing? We made it so clear with the things Jesus did and did not do, and the ways that He did and did not do them…” (Ok, I know God knows all, so He wouldn’t really ask why, but it helps to make my point.)
We have no further to go then the life of Christ to see how we should act. With the adulterous woman He was kind to her and said, “…go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) He confronted her, but did it out of love, and I don’t see any condemnation. I see encouragement.
We do see Jesus get firm,with the pious religious leaders. He confronts them in Matthew 23 with, “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!..”
Bottom line, we need to make sure our motivations are for the right reason. Not to show how much we KNOW, but to show how much we CARE. When we are able to do that, we will be more like Jesus….and a lot less like us!….
For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)