The other day, I was reminded again of my likeness to Peter. So, this morning I decided to read his profile again. This is what it states are a few of the lessons we can learn from his life: 1.) Enthusiasm has to be backed up by faith & understanding, or it fails. 2.) God's faithfulness can compensate for our greatest unfaithfulness. 3.) It is better to be a follower who sometimes fails than one who fails to follow.
"Wow!", I thought. This made me think of those who feel that being saved makes us perfect, or being saved makes us better than others who may still live in their sins and habits of failure. We, as people, as striving individuals MUST always be mindful of the fact that God loves us all, including those we have labeled as lost and less than us. Haters are what we become when we find ourselves having issue with God's choice to accept, forgive, save, and use whoever He wills to use for HIS purpose. Think about "big brother" in the story of the prodigal son. We often treat God as though He has betrayed us by His celebration of the recovery of the lost sheep.
Look at it this way. When we are hired for a job, we strive to work our way up. The best way to do so, in many cases, is to prove ourselves worthy by being team players, becoming valuable assets, by helping others, proving ourselves leaders, HELPING THE COMPANY AS A WHOLE TO GROW! Right? As God recruits us, our relationship with Him, along with our understanding of Him SHOULD grow. This is where many of us fall short; gaining understanding on a more PERSONAL level, beyond Sunday service. God pulls us in to be beneficial to HIS Kingdom. Think back to big brother. What might the story be if he just stepped up every now and then to plant a few seeds of commitment, faithfulness, and work ethic into the mind and spirit of baby boy? Instead, He was just bent on proving himself, in his mind, better than little brother and worthy of Daddy's everything. Big brother might have had the words that would've gotten through to his younger sibling before he decided to squander His inheritance. I'm just saying.
I have heard my daughter reiterating, in her words, instructions I've passed along, to her brother Davyd, trying to help him to stay out of unnecessary trouble. So, with our saved selves, do we want to be "Big Brother/Sister Useless"?? Or do we want to be "Big Brother/Sister Helpful"??
Another point here is one that we have heard before at some point in our lives. It is NOT our place to judge. God holds us ALL in His heart, even the consistent sinners, even the constant failures, even those you hate the most. Not one of us is perfect, and I WISH we would do better by one another!! It's a waste of life to be hell bent on criticizing, hating, throwing stones, and judging. Bitterness is NOT a good look on any of us.
"Taste and see," now comes to mind.......
"Taste & see that the Lord is GOOD; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him."
Think about it. Our Pastors and Preachers have prepared a table for us all. The meal looks AMAZING. They have shown us how to use the eating utensils, what portions to start with, the course order and everything, BUT we decide to watch them as they eat and simply take their word for how delicious, nutritious, and filling it all is. WOW!!
HAPPY SATURDAY MORNING Y'ALL!! I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING, GOD-MADE, PEOPLE!!
GOD IS FAITHFUL, EVEN TO US FAILURES!! TELL ME I'M LYING!! I DARE YOU!
Bryan Hollomon Williams