Are You Doing God’s Will or Your Own Thing?


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There is one characteristic of a man or a woman of God that brings all characteristics together and that is to be faithful to God. To be faithful to God means that we trust Him; to be faithful to God means that we obey Him and to obey God means that we love Him (John 14:15). To be faithful to God means to learn to die to self; that is because, being faithful to God does not mean doing the same thing year after year; being faithful to God is doing what He tells us to do faithfully.

            If I consider that God’s ways are higher and different than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9) we most also conclude that to be faithful to God forces us to deal with one little scary thing called, “Change”. There is no way to be faithful to God and remain in our comfortable zone… absolutely no way! The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

            As we look at Abraham having to leave his hometown and his people; as we look at Moses wondering in the desert for forty years; as I see the children of Israel fighting giants to conquer the promise land and, as I look at the Old Testament prophets risking their lives every time they spoke God’s truth, I realize, very quickly, than being faithful to God will always take us out of our comfortable zone. The same can be said about the New Testament characters. John the Baptize was decapitated six months after he started his ministry announcing the coming of the Lord. All of the original disciples were murdered with the exception of John. Don’t think for a minute John got it easy, they did tried to kill him, he did suffer persecution, but most of all, the pain of seen all of his friends dying. The Apostle Paul was also decapitated.

            When I look at how comfortable many of our lives are as Christians I wonder, what are we doing wrong? We want the glory, but we don’t want to change; we want the anointing, but without having to leave our neighborhoods and our jobs. In other words, folks refuse to let go of their identity, that place where everybody knows you, where you have a degree of expertise and where you are comfortable. Very few are willing to “start all over”; they just want to continue the status quo. I am sure when they die, somebody will call them faithful for working in the same place for 20 or 30 years; my question is, did God called them to do the same thing for 20 or 30 years? I am not too sure!

            Matthew 7:21 tells us  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” It seems like we take God’s will very lightly. I remember hearing a deacon in a church stating that God follow us and bless us as we do our thing. In other words it is God following us and not us following Him? I confronted this deacon with his stupidity, but I wonder how many even noticed the heresy of his statement.

            Jesus is not only our Saviour He is also our Lord. He becomes truly our Lord when we surrender our will to his. We can’t say that He is our Lord when in reality we exclusively follow our will. There are some special words from our Father that are only reserved for a very prestige group. These words are not reserve for those who call themselves Christians, but for those who were faithful in doing God’s will. We see those words in Matthew 5:23, “…Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 5:23 (NASB) On the other hand, for those who were unfaithful to God and follow their own will and ways, they will hear a different set of words, “…I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” Matthew 7:23 (NASB) Are you doing your own thing? Beloved to do our own thing is to practice lawlessness.

 

Y Tú, ¿Cómo Estás?


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La pregunta  parece superficial y rutinaria; más en realidad es profunda, más profunda que las profundidades del mar. ¿Cómo estás? “Bien”, contestamos siempre! Quizás los más espirituales contestan, “bendecidos” o, “en victoria”. Pero, ¿Cómo estoy verdaderamente? ¿Cómo me siento en realidad?

         Quizás el que pregunta, tan siquiera le interese la respuesta sincera a la pregunta. ¿Cómo estás? se ha convertido en sinónimo de un saludo y no la intención de saber la verdad. ¿Cómo estás? Mas tan siquiera esperan por una respuesta; en verdad, la respuesta no les importa.

         Vivimos en un mundo de mucha pretensión e hipocresía; constantemente pretendemos ser lo que no somos y expresamos sentir lo que no sentimos. Los medios sociales han contribuido grandemente a tanta superficialidad. Todo el mundo contento, todo el mundo riendo, todo el mundo pasándola bien.

         Expresamos nuestro amor y nuestro odio con teclados de computadoras o, utilizando nuestros teléfonos; mientras ignoramos con esos mismos instrumentos tecnológicos, aún a los que viven bajo nuestros propios techos. Así de hueca está nuestra cultura actual, así de hueca nuestras relaciones. Y aún peor, los medios sociales se convierten en nuestro Dios y guía; ahí es que la gente escribe sus preguntas; preguntas que deberían estar haciéndole a Dios en oración en sus lugares secretos.

         Alguien de la misma familia o algún amigo o tu mismo dices: “Cheese” para provocar sonrisas fabricadas para la foto. No las pasamos buscando “Likes”, comentarios y “Shares” en las redes sociales… esa es nuestra vida. Vidas egoístas, centradas en nosotros mismos. Todo el mundo tan contento y tan feliz, todo tan perfecto. Mas la realidad es pura miseria.

         La respuesta sincera la conoce Dios o quizás un amigo verdadero o quizás una madre, la cual aún en tu silencio puede ver la tristeza que ocultas detrás de tus sonrisas y aún carcajadas. ¿Cómo estás? “Bien” aunque el matrimonio se esté destrozando! ¿Cómo estás? “Bien” aunque mis hijos no quieren saber de mi, aunque perdí el trabajo, aunque me siento irrelevante, aunque la familia entera, si fuera sorprendida por el Ángel de la muerte se quemará en el infierno por toda eternidad, no importa… “¡estoy bien!”.

         ¿A dónde se ha ido la sinceridad? ¿A dónde se fue la transparencia? Entonces nos preguntamos, seré yo el único que no me siento… bien? ¿Seré yo el único que me siento desamparado, sin influencia, sin propósito, como una voz que se pierde en la inmensidad del desierto?

         Así pasan los días y en uno de ellos descubrimos que se divorció este que se veía tan feliz con su esposa en Facebook o, que este otro se quitó la vida al perder sus batalla con la depresión. Luego, no podemos creerlo, porque siempre que preguntamos ¿cómo estás? siempre dijo… “Bien”

         Y tú, ¿cómo estás?