“Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.”
Ever have God just whisper something into your thought processes that just made you stop in your tracks and say, “WHAT?” Just the other day this very thing happened to me as I was having a conversation with a former youth student. I had been praying for this boy to find God and I was ecstatic that he had, but my revival spirit was churning because of the church he had joined in the process. As I stood there wrestling with “religion” I felt God say this very thing to me, “Why does it matter what church he goes to? Are you not happy he found Me?”
Wow did that hit me like a ton of bricks. Who are we to judge how people find God? Why do we get so caught up in the religious aspect of God that we fail to see God? As fellow Christians we should just be rejoicing for the mere fact someone came to know the Lord. We should be there for that person in love and have their back. We should be willing to give them encouragement and guidance even if they joined a different denomination than ours. Our way is not the only way to God, how silly are we to think so?
Now of course we can flip the coin and point out all of the differences between their beliefs and ours, however in the end isn’t the end result that God is the common denominator? I for one do not want to be in judgement of another persons beliefs for in the way I judge so I will be judged as well.
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Yes, of course we are not going to agree with everything the other person believes in and we may even feel as if they are being deceived according to what we have been taught, but this does not give us the right to judge God in that persons life. God is God and He is love and if He loves you and I then surely He will love this person equally no matter what religion path they are on. Who are we to know everything? Do we really know all the workings of God? We should be content in who we are in Christ and trust God to take care of any deception or lies the enemy may be feeding parts of the Body.
In these last days, our focus should be on winning souls not increasing the numbers in our own religious beliefs. The more who come to know Christ the less who find themselves headed for hell. I know that from now on I will be more cautious in how I react to where people attend church and how they connect God. My way to God is not the only way. I know in my heart of hearts that Jesus is the only way to heaven and it is by confessing our sins and accepting Him as our personal Savior that in the end of all of this, we will find ourselves stepping through those Pearly Gates into heaven. If one accepts Jesus no matter the religion they follow, they shall see heaven.
Friends, let us strive for taking souls for Jesus and not increasing the number who attends our own church. It is about the numbers but not ours, His.