“For if anyone thinks himself to be something, When he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Galatians 6:3
The Apostle Paul addresses a matter that is an important concept in the Christian’s life. Our responsibility to not only call out sinful behavior but also try to address it in an intentional way. “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” 6:1. This endeavor has a warning, “considering yourself lest you also be tempted”. This is an important step in the restoration process, consider yourself.
This process of considering yourself should have very little to do with “Convenience”. When we are called to act in a spiritual assignment being inconvenienced is not what we should be considering. I find that most Christian principles are violated when we incorporate our schedule or comfort level. If we examine most un-Christlike behaviors, we will find the root is selfishness.
When my schedule or preference are hindered, I can go into an excuse mode that will manifest itself in rudeness, complacency, ignorance and other ugly traits. Having myself entrapped in sinful behavior I know the burden of weight it can carry. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” is a command that has been carried out in my life of struggles. The selflessness of others reaching out and inconveniencing themselves for the sake of the Gospel is something I am forever grateful for. The ugliness of putting our conveniences ahead of an opportunity to minister to others not only cheats them out of a blessing but also robs us of a calling leading to a blessing.
There’s a lonely place called “My world” that can become the kingdom of doom. We are to be responsible but, if we’re honest cutting the grass has cheated us out of fellowship and ministry. When we put schedule ahead of Kingdom principles it can promote self-righteousness, “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” 6:3. We need the Church, and the Church needs us. The emphasis on “The Body” is paramount throughout the Gospel and promotes healthy fellowship and service.
Is there something God is calling you to do that has been put aside because of inconvenience? Be responsible, manage your household, but also make room for God’s people in your life. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at email@example.com
Think About This: “When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them.” ―