Believers And Unbelievers

20 03 2011

Greetings In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Friends this is an interesting topic to look into! We as believers in Christ Jesus always take things for granted because we are so proud to say that we are believers. We tend to look down on others who are not believers and we brand them as unbelievers. Are we who we really are? Are we true believers or are we just wearing on a mask? More and more believers are falling into sin  more than the unbelievers! Hello! Are you still with me my friends? This is what is happening my friends! Please do not get offended on what I am going to write. It will be supported with what is written in the word of God. Its time to unmasked ourselves and see who we really are!

The word of God in the gospel of St Luke speaks about the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. It speaks about  a believer ( Pharisee ) confident on his own righteousness and a unbeliever ( Tax Collector ) who speaks about his unrighteousness. These two men went up to the temple to pray. The Pharisee as righteous as he think he is started to pray. In St Luke it is written how he prayed. ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the other men such as robbers, evildoers, adulterers or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get’ (18:11-12) Here the Pharisee did three things: He was saying that he was perfect by condemning others, announcing in open about his fasting and also letting others know how much tithes he is giving to God.

Let us take a closer look at the prayer done by the tax collector my friends! ” But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ” God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The tax collector only did one thing, he humbled himself before God! That is all that is ever needed to move the heart of God “Repentance.” That tax collector who is an unbeliever went home justified. It is written in St Luke ( 18:14 ) ” For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Dear friends, let us take a look at another key scripture! It is written in the gospel of St Matthew ( 21:31 ) Jesus said to them, ” I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.” What! Yes, it is true my friends! In plain English I am letting you know that the unbelievers will inherit the kingdom of God and not so the believers. We believers love to judge others and we are so quick in condemning others too! What a pity to be called a believer!

Friends its happening in our churches too! How are we going to invite our friends who are of different faith when we are still dwelling in these kind of attitude? Today if  a prostitute is to walk into any of our churches, what is our reaction and attitude towards her?  Remember that every child regardless of race and religion are children of God.” God says that He is a God of all flesh” and He loves the sinners and the unrighteous ” Today take the opportunity to remove the mask that we are wearing upon our face and ask God in humbleness to forgive us if we had by any chance hurt our brothers and sisters of a different race and religion. Take this season of Lent to pray for them my friends. Bring the word of God to them without condemning them. Jesus did not condemn anyone but He drew them to Him by His Love. Are we willing to do that Today? I am my friends but how about You? Have a blessed meaningful Lent.

God Bless.

Jasmine.C




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