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. Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG.
So many times we find ourselves watching others as if we are perfect. The last time I checked everybody God used in the Bible had flaws.
Noah was a drunk, Jacob was a liar
Moses had a stuttering problem,
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute
David had an affair and was a murderer. I am led to believe that the stories of their lives were placed before us so we could learn from them and not focus on them.
This is not to condone what any of us have done, but, in this season, it is important that you don't lose your focus.
Besides, they aren't the message, they are just the messengers.
I heard a story about a lady who went to the Pastor of her church and said, I won't be attending church anymore. He said, may I ask why?
She said, I see people on their cellphones texting and typing during the service, some are gossiping, some just ain't living right, some are sleeping, some are staring at me, they are all just hypocrites. The Pastor got silent, and then he said, OK, but can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision? She said, sure, what's that?
He said, take a glass of water and walk around the Church two times and don't let any water fall out of the glass.
She said, yes, I can do that! She left and got the glass of water. She came back and said it's done. She was proud of completing the task.
He asked her these questions:
1. Did you see anybody on their phone?
2. Did you see anybody gossiping?
3. Was anybody living wrong?
4. Did you see anyone sleeping?
She said, I didn't see anything because I was so focused on this glass, so the water wouldn't fall.
He told her, when you come to church, you should be just that focused on God , so that YOU don't fall.
THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID "FOLLOW ME,"!!!
He did not say follow Christians.
Don't let your relationship with God be determined by how others relate with God. Let it be determined by how focused you are with God.
Sharome L. Gentry is The Senior Pastor of The Worship Center in Roebuck. He can be reach @ firstname.lastname@example.org