July 19, 2011 Comments Off on Right//Wrong Thing
So here’s a little story: This past weekend I was driving a close friend to Atlanta, while we were driving we were listening to music. I knew there was a bad word coming up in the song, so I turned down the song, but ended up blurting out the very word when the time came because I was thinking about the lyrics so hard to know when to turn it back up.
Have you ever had a time when you were trying to do the right thing, but all you were thinking about was not doing that very thing. And because of concentrating all your attention on avoiding that action, you actually ended up doing it because you were so focused on it?
So often times all we think about in life is trying to do the right thing, trying to never mess up. However, it will never be about what you’re going to do, but what has been done for you. We negate the idea that it’s about the heart of doing things- not the actual action itself.
Life isn’t about doing good things for poor people…
It’s more than that.
I think so often times we tend to give up on God once we mess something up because we think that God doesn’t want anything to do with us. We believe just because we lost our purity, accumulated significant death, have poor health, or didn’t get the high paying job that God doesn’t want anything to do with us because that’s what the world is tell you. Read this verse: Luke 17:12-14 “Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.”
These lepers were deemed as dirty, useless human beings by their society. Having no worth and no purpose, which caused them to stand far away from everyone else. Yet, Jesus still wanted to heal them. Jesus still wanted to make something of them and give them new life!
Over and over, we try to do the right thing but it always seems to turn out wrong. You feel like you can’t ever do anything right, but God isn’t pushing you away. In fact, He wants to bare your burdens for you and take on your sickness because He is capable and a loving God. No matter how messed up, bad, or sick you think you may be; no matter how many of your friends are pushing you away, God wants you. He wants you to come as you, He wants to heal you today and give you joy for tomorrow. Believe and receive Jesus.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8