Oct 22, 2012

Posted by in Awesomeness, Faith, Fruit For Thought, G.I.G., Motivation Monday, Selah, Trust In God, Understanding, Wisdom | 2 Comments

Don’t Waste Your Time





Today’s post was going to be something completely different, but a recent encounter persuaded me to change my topic. So, I was perusing my Facebook newsfeed last night, and I came across an interesting status update. To make a long story short, the status update basically said, “How can you believe in Heaven but not Hell?” I saw that there were already comments, so I clicked on the status update to see what people were saying. One person actually said they believed in Heaven but not Hell. Now, usually I stay as far away from religious debates as possible (rule of thumb), but the way this person worded their comment made it difficult for me to remain silent. So, when replying, I agreed with part of the person’s statement, but then offered another perspective (I didn’t want the person to feel attacked). But, they were sold on what they believed, so I told them to believe as they choose as long as they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they didn’t have to worry about Hell anyway.

So, what’s the point of this story? The point is to tell you not to waste your time on who’s right and who’s wrong concerning the things of the Bible. There are soooo many doctrines & soooo many beliefs; don’t squander your time trying to convince them that “you’re right & they’re wrong.” Our sole commission as believers is to win souls to Christ. If they’ve already accepted Jesus, great! They’re not on your “to-do list.” Just pray for them. Pray that God places people in their path to enlighten them. Pray that they become a studier of the Word & get understanding. Pray that they develop a personal relationship with God, and know Him for themselves. BUT, do not waste your time trying to debate. You’ll only harden they’re heart. Some things you just got to let go, and let God. I know that’s a cliché, but it’s true. He’s way better at changing a person’s heart than we are.

…The last thing I mentioned to that person was 1 Corinthians 13 where it says,

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (NLT)

Wow!…There’s so many things that I personally don’t know or understand myself (& I will learn more as I grow, but I won’t know everything). But, I find peace in knowing that I will know when I get there. So, just thank God that even if that person that you disagree with never gets clarity while they’re here on earth, as long as they’ve accepted Christ, they eventually will get clarity when they get there. **G.I.G.**

P.S. – While you’re praying for your neighbor to be “enlightened,” don’t forget to pray for yourself. Pray that God keeps you humble, and that you maintain a meek and teachable heart (and I don’t mean gullible). Because, when we close our hearts to learning more about God (i.e.  when we think we know it all), that’s when we fall into error…Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18 KJV). Selah.

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  • T. A. Acker

    Great job responding with respect. That makes you more like the person that individual would want to learn from and gain a deeper understanding. Keep shining!

    • fruitofmybranches

      Thanks!! :-)