Who needs to work on the areas where we are already strong? God often sets challenges for us in areas where we are weak and though this can be a frustrating issue to deal with, it is part of our spiritual growth and must be dealt with accordingly.
Our small group was rocked by an emotional outburst this week when a dear friend felt attacked by other members of the group. Having a “bad spiritual hair day” is never an excuse to lash out at Christian brothers and sisters. It is important we remember turning against those who love us in a bitter rampage of excuses will only alienate people who care for fear they will upset us.
Like drug addicts or habitual sinners, individuals who continuously lose their temper when faced with controversy must realize our weaknesses are at the root of our failure as God loving Christians. At the very least, we need to be more open minded when faced with ongoing pledges for help by those around us, specially when we are approached in Love.
We all need to learn to react as Jesus would and not let our tongues become poisonous verbal daggers that inflict spiritual scars. “Put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth.” (Colossians 3:8)
One particular area where I continuously need work is sharing the Gospel when trying to witness to nonbelievers. I struggle with memorizing scripture even though I am able to share Gospel inspired messages. It’s just more convenient to tell my own stories or analogies I get from the bible than recite actual parables spoken by Jesus.
I can understand while this can be an effective way of inspiring people in the short run, it also can be quite destructive and leave many to accept their fate knowing that another human being was able to grow from similar experiences.
A skeptic friend asked me “How could Jesus help someone with a cocaine addiction if He’s never done drugs?”
Christ raised people from the dead. He gave sight to the blind. He brought a crippled man to his feet and watched him walk away. Jesus died for us and continues to live in us. Drug addiction would not even phase Him.
Through His word, God has led many to sobriety. Though we are all invited to follow in His footsteps, only a few are chosen to enter His kingdom. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)
I plan on working on my weaknesses in the months ahead, learning more scripture and trying to apply God’s words to my everyday life. I vow to develop a confident knowledge of the Gospel and find ways to share it with everyone so that all those I am in contact with not only see a Christian but hear the words that are the fuel driving me to the Kingdom of God.
I sincerely hope you will set out to work on your weaknesses so that we may all continue to serve our Lord as best we can.
We thank you for our lives
We praise you Lord for giving us free will
To serve you through Ministry
Helping others grow through your challenges.
God we pray you will continue to put us to the test
And surround us with opportunity
To fulfill your plan for our lives
And get to enjoy the fruit of our efforts here or in Heaven.
We ask you to continue looking after us,
Our families, friends and those who seek you,
And provide for us like only you can.
God we thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre