Matthew 7:1-5T (MSG) 7 1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
When we are led by the Holy Spirit to do something, not everyone is going to understand what we are doing. When God is leading us to do something, it does not mean He is leading others. We cannot expect that everyone will understand and agree with the choices we make when we choose to follow God’s will and direction for our lives. We cannot go around judging other who do not do things the way we do or handle situations the same way that we would. Judging other people is a symptom of pride.
When we are led by the Holy Spirit we can become so determined and spiritual that nobody can relate to us. It is up to us to be considerate of how others feel when we are being led by God – it’s not just about us. We cannot expect everyone to be where we are on our journey because their experiences are different and God may be leading them in a different direction.
Matthew 6:1-4 (MSG) 6 “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. 2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.
A way to do a self-check on whether or not we are following God’s will is to stop and ask ourselves – what is the amount of joy I have in my life? If you have little or no joy, there might be a chance that you are either not following the will of God or you are trying to get Glory for following God’s will rather than following His will and giving Him the glory. It’s very easy to think we are being led by the spirit and we are actually being led by our own desires.
John 9:4-5 (AMPC) 4 We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the world’s Light.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen