Is Our Thinking Too Narrow?

As Christians we sometimes think too narrowly about who God accepts, who He rejects, and what He allows or disallows.  I say this with some caution, as God is not ‘loose’ in His expectations for us.

But, consider this…

In the Gospels we can gain a wider understanding of what God’s focus is, not only by what Jesus said and did, but what He didn’t say and didn’t do.  For example, He did not separate people by what jobs they performed, or what their station in life was, or how much money they made.  He did not single people out for how righteous or unrighteous they were.  He did not make a big deal over whether they were were a ‘small’ sinner, or a ‘big’ sinner.  His approach was much simpler than that.  There were more important things to focus on.

As a further example consider this – when Jesus was giving final instructions to Peter, He said simply, “Feed my sheep”, and “Feed my lambs.”  What about all the instructions about how to run the church, and to ordain new bishops, and church discipline, and how to organize things?  Why didn’t He cover those things?

Jesus accepted people who were not really qualified.  Many of the ones Jesus took into the fold knew nothing of how to live righteous.  Some were harlots, some tax collectors, some Jewish rulers, some unlearned fishermen, and some scholars.  Entrance to this club was easy, with no lengthy questions or forms to fill out.

But, sometimes we make things hard for those wanting to get closer to God.  We expect them to live up to our own code or standards.  We expect them to talk, dress, and act like we think they should.  But, if a person is accepted by God who are we to condemn or say they are unjust?

This is not to say God is lax, or doesn’t care.  On the contrary, He is a strict God.  However, His strictness is designed to be custom-fit for each individual.  In other words, what He demands of me, may not be the same thing He demands of you.  His rules on me depend on my ability to understand and comprehend those rules.  My comprehension, though, may be more limited than yours.  Therefore, His requirement on you may be more demanding than on me.  God does not expect you to do more than you are capable of.  His plan fits every living soul on the planet, from those with IQ of 25 to those whose IQ is 180, or beyond.  His requirement is custom-made for each individual.  A careful reading of the Gospels will clearly reveal this truth.

Or we might simply quote – “to whom much is given, much is required”

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2 Responses to “Is Our Thinking Too Narrow?”

  1. Carol Gilham Says:

    Wonderful thoughts.
    It made me think these thoughts…..
    God accepts us just the way we are. However, He at the same time teaches us, thru His Word, to be conformed into the image of Jesus….As we submit to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.
    “We are His workmanship”.

  2. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Excellent blog! I love that last scripture…”to whom much is given, much is required”! I think about that a lot. The Lord has given me much, therefore He has a right to require a lot! Makes one stop and think! Blessings….

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