Before I begin this post, let me just say this. I love the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I love how He works. And I love how He uses little things around us to signal us sometimes.
I was just stepping out of my room, when I heard some of my housemates reminiscing on an old song we used to sing when we were younger. I don’t know if you know it, but it goes like this:
If you do good, Kingdom!
Oh oh oh oh, Kingdom!
Oh oh oh oh, Kingdom waiting for you!
If you do bad, no more kingdom!
Oh oh oh oh, no more kingdom!
Oh oh oh oh, no more kingdom waiting for you!
It brought a smile to my face. But somehow, I was convicted to listen to the words of the song again. And I realised how wrong the song is.
Christianity has been perceived to be about doing good, about being a good person, about doing the right thing, about following all the rules, about being a charitable person and all of the works.
But permit me to challenge that thought system? Permit me to say that Christianity is not about being a “good” person, it’s about being a “God” person.
This is reflected time and time again in the Bible. The world’s standards of “good” is not always God’s standard.
Remember Rahab? The prostitute? She saved the Israelite spies. You remember how she did that? By lying.
Joshua 2:3 – 6
Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.”
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.
And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.”
But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.
Shouldn’t lying be punished? Shouldn’t Rahab be considered sinful? Isn’t she a bad person, going about lying like that?
Here’s what the Bible has to say.
By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
When Jericho and it’s inhabitants were being destroyed, Rahab and her family were not destroyed with them.
And do you see what the Bible credits it to? It credits it to her faith!
According to normal standards, Rahab lied. She was a bad person. According to God’s standards, Rahab obeyed.
Let me tell you about another woman I love so much. The woman with the alabaster box who poured expensive oil on Jesus’ feet.
She was immediately rebuked by the disciples.
Why would you waste such expensive oil? Doesn’t being a good person demand that you be charitable and that you sell the oil and give it to the poor?
I love the fact that Jesus Himself rebuked them.
Matthew 26:7 — 9
A woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.
And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?
For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
He showed us how true Christianity is not about being a good person, it is about being a God person.
A God person is ready to obey God at all times.
A God person is led by the Holy Spirit in all that he does.
A God person is focused on pleasing God, and not on appearing good in the eyes of the world.
Your good deeds can not please God. Several times, I’ve heard people say “because it’s Sunday, I’m not going to insult you” or something along those lines.
Someone also once told me that when you do one good act, it cancels out two bad acts you’ve done in heaven.
But that’s not how the Kingdom of God works.
Instead, focus on being led by the Spirit of God, rather being a good person.
Because there will be good people, who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. And there will be supposedly bad people, who will inherit the Kingdom of God.
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