Selfish Christianity produces many stumbling blocks for those who are new to the faith. 1 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV)“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak”. Our liberty is not worth another’s walk with God. If something God allows would lead another to sin, we need to avoid it. We are given great freedom as Christians, but the greatest is the freedom to consider others’ welfare over our own.
Refraining from being a stumbling block means not leading another into sin. How we accomplish this depends on the situation and the hearts of those around us. The security we have in God’s love and provision, both now and eternally, allows us to show concern to those who are weaker—those who need specific encouragement to understand who God is.
In some situations, that means living in those freedoms to exemplify that God is a God of grace. In others, it means disciplining ourselves to building up weaker believers and not pushing them into a liberty they’re not ready for. But, always, it means not encouraging another to act in a way the Bible specifically identifies as sin.
Selfishness is that attitude of being concerned with one’s own interests above the interests of others. However, the Bible commands us to Philippians 2:3-4“do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others”
A sure cure for selfishness is to know where our treasure is. The Christian holds the things of this world loosely because he is laying up “treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21). He knows it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), and he lives according to the truth that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Peter’s mother-in-law is sick and Jesus comes into the house and heals her.
Matthew 8:14 (HCSB)When Jesus went into Peter’s house, He saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began to serve Him.
Somethings wont be fixed until you invite Jesus into your home.
Being a Christian is not about “cleaning up” on Wednesdays and Sundays and speaking the right words but when things get rough we put off Christ and put back on our flesh.
Like when finances get tough first thing most people do is stop tithing, but don’t stop eating out. Stop coming to church, but don’t stop going to football games,and meaningless stuff that is not eternal.
Why is it that Jesus is the first thing to be shelved? Why is it that Kingdom thinking is the first thing to be put aside?
We are to come to Gods house and take back to our home what we receive here. We need to not be compartment hypocrites we have to serve God and represent God wherever we are. We can’t put Jesus on a shelf and expect the world to say yes I want some of that.
The reason most people stay out of church is because of hypocrites.
Greek hypokritḗs a stage actor, hence one who pretends to be what he is not.
We act just like the world when we are around them to try and impress them but they look at us as fools .
Have you ever heard the excuse I can’t go to Church there are too many hypocrites there?
Unfortunately the words “sinner” and “hypocrite” are being confused. The confusion is one found between what one is and what one does. Sinner is the generic term of what “one is.” Scripture says all people are found in this category, both in and outside the Church. Everyone falls short of the perfection of God which makes them a sinner. Being a Hypocrite is specifically what one does. Since hypocrisy is a sin, we can say, All hypocrites are sinners. But not all sinners are hypocrites. Those who dislike the church and its explanation of mans predicament bring this confusion by the statement “The church is full of sinners so all sinners are hypocrites. Therefore the church is full of hypocrites.
The church is full of sinners, murderers are sinners therefore the church is full of murderers. This would be very unfair and inaccurate to say. In the same way jail has murderers therefore all who are in jail are murderers. Another example is certain cars go very fast, so and so was caught speeding in his car. Therefore everyone who buys this certain car will speed and break the law.
James 1:22(HCSB) But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.
What we learn in God’s house is supposed to be brought out into our own house, in our own temple(We are the temple of the Holy Spirit).
How can a person sit here every Sunday and Wednesday and listen to solid teachings then go out an still live like they are not saved? Still live like the World? I do not want my kids to hear Dad preach a sermon and not live it behind close doors. See Dad on the altar worshipping and praying but never see it in the living room.
Our job is to show people the King and teach people about the Kingdom. We cannot reach the world by acting like the world.
God has to be Lord over our life not an ornaments we show off when we in the company of other Christians.
The key is understanding that Jesus is already Lord of your life. We do not make Jesus Lord. Jesus is Lord. What we are supposed to do is submit to His lordship. Another word for our response to Jesus’ Lordship is “submission.” To submit is to yield to the will and control of another, and, with reference to Christians, it is yielding to the will and control of Jesus Christ.
It should be understood that submission, or obedience to the commands of God, is related to Christian growth and maturity, and is not related to becoming a Christian. A person becomes a Christian by faith alone in Christ apart from works
To sum up the idea of the Lordship of Christ, it does not consist of one act of obedience but rather is measured by the sum of our obedience, and it cannot be accomplished in our own strength or power, but by the power available to us by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We are strongest when we are relying on Him.