A few years ago, I did a Bible study where I was specifically reading to see God. I found this is the best way to read His Word because it keeps the focus on Him, and not on me. But sometimes, when we’re looking for Him, He reveals things about ourselves as well.
This last week was pretty crazy, and I definitely missed a few days of reading my Bible, so today I decided I would “catch up.” While reading in Luke 14, Jesus makes some clear statements about how we should treat people. He is very specific about the fact that we should not esteem “important” people above others. He says when we give a banquet, it should be for the poor and for the strangers: the people who cannot repay us.
As I read this, I became frustrated with the church.They don’t do this. They have important visitors stand. They give high praise to people of importance. And where are the poor? Do we really serve them and reach them? Or are we too interested in making friends with rich, important people because they can do things for us in return?
Then, Jesus said to me, through the Holy Spirit, “Stop making this about WE and about THEY. What about YOU?” And He spoke these words through the story in Luke 15 of the Prodigal Son. It’s not because I was a prodigal; it’s because I’m the brother who stayed home. I’m the one who’s constantly saying, “But I try to do everything right, and what do I get out of it!” That’s me. And the Holy Spirit convicts me of that regularly.
Not to mention, I don’t do everything right. I am definitely guilty of the things I try to pin on them. I just try to magnify the sins of others instead of peering at the reflection of my own faults that I see in the light.
When we look in the Bible to find God, When I look in the Bible to find God, His light reveals my sin. And then I rejoice because it is covered in the blood of Jesus. I confess, and rejoice because God is rejoicing too.