The Almighty View
Written On: 11/26/2015
Devotional edit by: Bryce Malone (@609turtle)
When you begin to follow Christ you’ll have important and meaningful decisions to make almost every single day. Many of these decisions will be seen as wrong and unpopular in the eyes of the world and even the people close to you. You may even come across as crazy. God may even be directly speaking to you and saying to do something that will most certainly upset someone, but because it’s the truth, it’s what’s necessary.
There are many quotes about society and the truth but the one I most recently discovered was this: “Every time somebody discovers truth he becomes a stone in society’s shoes.”
When I was growing up (still am) the “popular” thing to do was to be a rebel; to smoke, drink, have sex as soon as possible, and to do the opposite of what is basically, right. That has become the normal in society today, so for someone to actually be a rebel today, to do the opposite of what society is doing, you could say you’d actually have to follow Jesus! This isn’t my favorite argument to use but it does work for certain people. Now, you’ve probably seen by now that following Jesus will never be the right or popular thing to do. Jesus tells us this himself several times. In Matthew 7:14 he said “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” John 15:18 says “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Lastly in Matthew 10:22 it says “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
So, when making these decisions, big or small, every day, of course we need to seek answers from God in His word, through prayer, or trust that ever reliable presence of the Holy Spirit inside us if we are very strong in our faith. These things are all very important, but you also need to think about whose view of YOU matters most? Your view, the world’s view, or God’s view of you?
Galatians 1:10 says “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” And Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” The point is, you can’t aim to please people (the world) and God! Your actions can’t be for the approval of others, they should always be or seek the approval of God, because ultimately, what he sees as right will be useful for the people involved as well, even if you are the only one who knows it. We can’t follow Christ and seek to please people at the same time. [You may be thinking of the words pleasing people as in bringing joy and happiness to others. That is not the meaning for this circumstance; we are talking about making decisions for the APPROVAL of others.]
As much as we are capable it is important to remember this. As most things, it’s easier said than done, especially when we are so used to making split-second decisions so naturally on a daily basis! How many people would agree we should “Love our neighbors as ourselves”? Probably quite a few! Now, how many of those people have that instilled in their mind and actually practice that truth through the majority of their day? So let this serve as a reminder; you and God surely have things that you have deemed worthy of working on. Things deemed worthy of practicing daily, take this as the first step to not just talking about those things anymore, but remembering them to the best of your ability and putting them to use throughout your day. Remember that the Almighty’s view of you is the only view that should ever matter.
Don’t worry about hurting the feelings of others, when you are speaking TRUTH, you can only hope they can one day discover that same truth through the Grace of that very same God.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)