Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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I was thinking this morning about the greatest foes being “those of one’s own household” and I will add the words “household of faith”. These are some of my thoughts.
1. People who are obviously doing wrong are no danger because they are obvious. They can actually influence us in some cases to do right in the sight of God.
2. People who seem to be doing right but are not right with God can have much more influence and can influence you to do wrong. “Wrong” being anything but the perfect will of God for you at that moment or in the future. This could include in some cases someone doing “Good Deeds”.
3. If we are living to the standard Jesus is requiring, I think the more important question is, “What is our influence doing to others? Is it encouraging them to do the will of God for them?” Only if God helps each one of us will our influence be correct.
Every day now I see more of a need of God than ever. God help me do what is pleasing in your eyes! I think I finally understand partially at least why Jesus said, “Not my will but thy will be done.” What wisdom!
We will all give an account of every idle word.
Hi Brother Wendell:
Early in my walk with God, the Lord taught me this: The closer something comes to being right, without being right, the more evil it is, because it has more potential for influencing us to “come short of the glory of God”. That is similar to what you are saying, and that is why I cannot be content with people around me who are “almost there” with Jesus. I want every person who is “almost there” with Jesus to get away from me! They are the most dangerous people on earth.
May God help us not to come just a little short of righteousness in the sight of God. Jesus would rather we had not even started than to have started and then become content with being “almost there” in doing the perfect will of God.