Right focus


When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
Psalms 73:16-17

If we let ourselves to be guided by the criteria of the world in terms of what counts as success it is very likely that the vast majority of the children of God will end up falling in the category of failures. In the eyes of postmodern society we are perceived as intolerant, inflexible, stubborn and unable to maintain an open dialogue, as though having certainty is something unacceptable. When truth is in our hands, at least in regard to the gospel message of Jesus of Nazareth, it is difficult to maintain an attitude of equanimity and humility and this not because of lack of direction by the Holy Spirit but because of our sinful nature that takes advantage of every opportunity, even the good things, to make us stumble and fall. Instead of feeling compassion, we feel contempt. Instead of love, we feel disdain for those who do not know God and do not want to know him. I remind you and I remind myself that we are in this world not to judge others but to share with them the glorious truth of the gospel. If they accept or not what we offer them, it is their problem and we should not feel bad when we are rejected because, in fact,  they are rejecting the Lord Jesus himself.

Do not look, then, with envy the apparent success of those who reject God and have created a god to suit them, in their personal style, in other words, an idol. As the saying goes, comparisons are always odious. Let us not compare ourselves with them because it makes no sense. Our eyes and thoughts should be fixed in the hope of the imminent return of Christ for His bride, the church. Focusing on the views of those who foolishly oppose the message of salvation is to waste time while many souls are being lost forever. Let us stop complaining and let us learn to live with contentment, which is the key to not getting caught up in the subtle snares of the world. In Jesus Christ we have victory and all that we need. Only to God be the glory!

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