Yesterday my brother sent me this story.
A lady went to the Pastor and said, “I won’t be attending Church anymore.”
Pastor asked, “May I ask why?”
She said, “I see people on their mobile phones during the service, some are gossiping, some just aren’t living right … they are all just hypocrites!”
The Pastor got silent and then said, “Ok … But can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision?”
She said, “What’s that?”
He said, “Take a glass of water and walk around the Church two times and don’t let any water fall out the glass.”
She said, “Yes I can do that!”
She came back and said it’s done.
He asked her 3 questions:
- Did you see anybody on his or her mobile phone?
- Did you see anybody gossiping?
- Was anybody living wrong?
She said, “I didn’t see anything because I was so focused on this glass, so the water wouldn’t fall.”
He then told her, “When you come to Church, you should be just that focused on God so that you don’t fall.”
That’s why Jesus said, “Follow Me.” He did not say follow other Christians.”
When you focus on other Christians, you may develop cynical, contemptuous, comparing and combative feelings.
How we need to focus on Christ to come away from such feelings,
In just moments apart, Jesus said twice to Peter, “Follow Me.”
“This He spoke, signifying by what death he (Peter) would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me” (John 21:19).
“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved … Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:20-22).
Our relationship with God is not determined by how other Christians relate with God. It is not dependant on how we feel about them.
Our relationship with God is determined and dependant on how focused we are with Christ and on following Him.
Focus fixes feelings.