In a football game, is it the score keeper that wins the game, or the team that executes their own plan and purpose mostly excellently, efficiently, and forcefully?
If I even dare use that term instead of beginning with “Get the behind me satan!”
**Wow, that escalated quickly**
What is it to you that someone doesn’t love you back in the way that you would expect them to — doesn’t reach out to you first, doesn’t like your posts on Facebook? Is it all about you?!! Or is it supposed to be all about you showing the love of Christ to an undeserving world that will hate you just like it hated Him?
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT
“Minister”, “Leader”, “Disciple” –
Again, if I even dare use those terms instead of beginning with “Get the behind me satan!”
What is it to you what the Lord chooses to (or chooses not to) do in and through another?
I see prideful, so called “spiritual people of God” quick to keep score and grumble of what “other church people around me are or aren’t doing”. Yes, I see you in the mirror as well, Harold Ballinger, you are not exempt from the Lord’s discipline and the need that He grant you repentance in this area either!
And it should be a horrible shame to those complacent, worldly “Christian by name only” folks to be a such a stumbling block to the actual laborers, the actual disciples, the actual children in the image of their heavenly Father.
But what danger it poses to keep score of such things such as those who are either dead trees sitting in ornamental pots inside the church to never bear fruit because they are not alive — or they may be alive but are so wild and undisciplined and unpruned that it is a wonder if they will not be empty of any fruit when the Lord comes like the fig tree He found barren and touched and it withered and died immediately. How much of a dangerous distraction it can be for the people of God to seek to number and measure and count one another like David’s sin in numbering Israel?
Better to remember the warning to Peter, “What is it to you?”
Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
John 21:20-23 NLT