Like Instagram? My favourite part is the filters. They seem to make everyday life so much more exciting. Better yet, they make sloppy, amateur photography into a masterpiece.
If only life’s disappointments had filters.
Lately I have been disappointed. Disappointed in things I am hearing about lifestyles and behaviours of people who classify themselves as Christians. I was raised in a Pentecostal home and taught that as a follower of Christ, I was to live by a higher standard. That my behaviours an attitudes should not mimic those of the world, but Christ.
And so I live by a high standard. I do my best to reflect Christ in the world.
What I find is that my interpretation of what it means to reflect Christ, and that of others, differs. A great deal. At times polar opposites.
What to do? How do I handle, and if necessary respond to the varying interpretations of Scripture that I hold dear?
Many years ago, God spoke to me through Psalm 24:3
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
He said, “Climb the mountain. Don’t look at what is going on beneath. Don’t become concerned with who is following after you. Keep your eyes on Me, and climb My mountain.”
I am often brought back to that enlightenment. It is easy to get caught up in other people’s business. Social media does not help. But the essence of Christianity is personal revelation. God speaks to each one of us differently. No two Christian walks are the same.
Just because a brother or sister in Christ is not living according to my belief does not give me right to judge. God speaks to each of us differently. We are all on our own journey up the mountain. We have the responsibility of fixing our eyes on God, not each other. My only duty is to obey what He speaks to my heart, not inflict that belief, habit, or lifestyle on any one else. God is big enough, and far more gracious than I, to bring change in the heart of a fellow believer. The condition of their heart, individual convictions, and walk, is not my concern.
So I readjust my focus, and continue up the hill of the Lord. A fresh revelation of Jesus will never disappoint. That is my life’s filter.