Have you ever thought about things we, Christians, should NOT be doing? Most likely, you have. Especially, before becoming a Christian, most of us only thought of things that Christians "can't" do.
May I remind you that Christians are not perfect people. We are broken sinners just like everyone else. The thing that sets us apart is not us, but Christ. We have accepted His forgiveness and new life in Him.
With that being said, sometimes we fall into the same old traps as before our salvation:
- Blame game
- Fence sitting
- Focus error
The Blame Game - it's not my fault. We know that line all too well, don't we? We start that thinking when we are just kids and many of us take that same train of thought right into adulthood and right into our Christianity.
The Bible says there is none good, no not one. That tells me, I am to blame for my sin. Praise the Lord, Jesus paid the way for my forgiveness and yours, too. So, fellow believer, stop the blame game. If there is sin in your life, own up to it, repent of it and move forward in restored fellowship with our Saviour.
Fence Sitting - I won't choose sides because I'll get hurt or hurt someone else either way. There is no fence sitting in the Kingdom. The Bible spells out right and wrong. We are to stand behind Jesus Christ in everything. He fights for us. Our job is to obediently follow Him.
So believer, remember Who you belong to and align yourself with Him.
Focus Error - staring at our problem makes it bigger. Often times we forget just how big our Great God is because we've stopped looking at Him and are focused on whatever problem we have going on.
He spoke the world into existence. He breathed life into man. He is the KING of kings and the LORD of lords. There is NOthing too difficult for Him. Believer, focus on Jesus.
Comparison - he/she has a perfect life. Funny how we compare someone else's best snapshot to our worst thing. We beat ourselves up sometimes by our perceptions of others or vice versa. Sometimes we "feel" better about ourselves because we compare ourselves to someone we "think" is worse than us.
There is only ONE Standard. His name is Jesus. We will never compare to Him. But He gave us His righteousness when we got saved! Be thankful for that. Serve Him as best you can in the way He calls you to do so. He created you to be unique - one of a kind. So be who God created you to be!
Christian, stop playing the blame game. Stop sitting on the fence - choose a side. Stop focusing on things other than Jesus. And, finally, stop comparing yourself to others.
Jesus saved YOU to have a personal relationship with HIM. Let's get on with that!