Friday, January 30, 2009

The Wrong Focus

I was driving home from work yesterday and something hit me. I honestly don’t even know what brought on this thought, but I was thinking….

You know, some people are always trying not to be too legalistic. They don’t want fence laws to get in the way of living their life. They don’t want boundaries that keep them from…. Name it.

Some people have set up many fence laws in their life. They use these to help live their life in the way that they feel is glorifying to God. They don’t want to look like the world. They need something to make them look more like….

The problem is that I am seeing more and more how both groups of people normally come to a place where one of these two goals becomes the only focus. They are so set on not setting boundaries, or by setting boundaries, that those things become the law in their life. The God in their life.

Don’t get me wrong. I have been on both ends of the spectrum. I can relate to both people. I am tired.

God’s purpose my friends was not that we would wrestle continually wondering if this is right, that is right, etc… That is why He gave us His Holy Spirit. That is why He told us to “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and mind and to Love your Neighbor as yourself.” That is why He stopped there. He did not say one single “And, But, or Unless.”

Fence Laws are important but don’t let them be your God. Not going over board is important but don’t go overboard with that. Don’t become so focused on one of these things that it becomes your only focus.

Be the person who walks on a daily basis to do what God is calling you to and not allow stupid things to detour you from what His plan is.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Those are great thoughts. I can really relate. Thanks for sharing.
~ Bandy Mills

Eden said...

You are VERY right :) I also know what it's like to be on both ends of the spectrum, and both lead you away from just loving God, and letting His Spirit lead you in what you do. It's so important not to let the pendulum swing so violently as we do. You really don't have to worry about all that stuff when you act in Love, which IS God, because love never fails. It wins, hands down, every time.

GREAT post! :) Way to get back on the right track, and inspire us to do the same!