Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Let's Move Past Excuses

I have noticed something lately that really has me concerned.  It's this belief that we don't really have to do the hard things as long as everyone knows and agrees that they are hard to do. Let me explain...

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a speaker who reminded us that as Christians we are to forgive others.  From somewhere around me I heard a muttered, "Well that's easy to say, but much harder to do."

I don't think anyone reading this would deny the truth in that statement.  But the problem I see, is when we rest in that statement instead of acting in the Spirit. 

We have to stop finding people to "join our bandwagon."   "Sorry God, I know you said that we are supposed to forgive others because you have forgiven us...but my friends and I agree that what she did to me was just unforgivable."  Does that sound a bit silly to say to God?  The One who sent his son to DIE so we could be forgiven. (Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-35)

But I don't think that forgiveness is the only thing we do this with.  I think you could take any of God's commands and insert them into this way of thinking- that it's just too hard, so it's okay not to do it. 
And that is a lie.  It's a big fat lie that we tell ourselves and we tell others.  And our only justification is that it's too hard to do, so I won't even try.
On our own, a lot of things are too hard.  But when we become Christians the Holy Spirit comes and resides in us.  The Holy Spirit isn't talked about a lot, but it is the third part of the trinity- part of our triune God.  The power of the Holy Spirit, the very power of God, is within us.  We have to stop with excuses and start walking in the spirit- which is walking according to His word, and striving to look more like Christ.

And shame on us if we are the ones who encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ to not follow God's commands.  Instead we should be holding them accountable and gently correcting them...sure they may stop coming around when they realize that the church is being the church and not just allowing them to excuse their way out of living in sin, but that's another one of those hard things we are called to do when we are walking in the Spirit. We are called to be people who "stir up one another to love and good works." (Hebrews 10:24)

Photo Credit
Clare from Peak313 fitness shared this picture on her Instagram the other day, and I thought it was so appropriate to this topic.  Let's stop saying, "I'm Human" (we have all thrown that statement out before to excuse one action or another) and start saying, "I'm Saved."  Let's walk in the Spirit together!

Love in Christ,


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