William McDowell sings a song entitled “Intercession” that says, “The change I want to see must first begin with me. I surrender, so the world can be changed.” The more I interact with fellow Christians the more I see the truth in these words. The world is not going to change by us quoting Scripture or praying for it to change. If Christians are not living the Word of God in their own lives and modeling it within the spheres of influence where the Lord has placed us how then do we expect the world to change. Many of us who are supposed to have the Spirit of Christ inside of us are obviously not listening to Him and are not submitting ourselves to the process of transformation that will bring us into the image of Christ Jesus. How then do we complain about what we see happening in the world? If we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. (Rom. 8:19)
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)
If we, as Christians, are no different from the world why will the world be attracted to our Saviour? In what way has God the Father called us to be different?
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Ps. 133:1)
The world lacks true love – love that is of Spirit and of truth. God’s type of love, which is unconditional. It is obvious that this is also lacking in the Body of Christ. A brother from my church once stated, “The Body of Christ is the only army that leaves wounded soldiers on the battlefield to die.” I have found that we are able to believe the worst of each other. Even when someone in the world accuses the brethren we forget that Satan is called the accuser of the brethren. We are guilty of being ignorant of the devices of the enemy. Even if the brother or sister was guilty as charged but has now made restitution and has been forgiven by God the Father, through His grace and mercy, we feel that we who are so ‘perfect’ have the right to continue to hold the sin against them. Is this how we love our neighbour as ourselves? When you have committed a sin and have been forgiven by God and have made the effort to go through a process of sanctification would you want others to hold that same sin against you for the rest of your life? When we do this we are partnering with the enemy for the condemnation of our brother or sister.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Rom. 8:1)
The problem is that some of us believe we know more than God and have become our own gods. The sin of idolatry is very rampant in our midst and we don’t even realize it. We lean unto our own understanding instead of recognizing that we need to acknowledge God and seek His direction in all things. We become too emotional and allow what the world has to say about our own to determine how we will treat our fallen soldiers.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Mt. 7:1-2)
Remember, in God’s eyes sin is sin. The only sin that is deemed worse than any other is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we seek to condemn one of our brethren let us remember that we ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23).
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Heb. 12:11)
Let each one of us look into ourselves and let the change we want to see in the world begin with each of us. Click link to William McDowell’s Intercession