Epistle No. 10- Are You Doing Too Much for Christ?

A question every believer should be asking themself.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

I thrifted this men’s wool blazer a few months ago. Loving everything oversized and menswear these days. I blame the stubborn weight gain from having my third baby; but until I lose the weight and feel comfortable in my typical elegant little lady styles, these styles will simply have to do. Get a similar blazer here. The cotton t-shirt and maxi skirt are from H&M. My bag is from Falor, get exact one here. It’s the perfect Bottega Dupe. Loving platform loafers which is off because I probably was among the people who ostracized others who wore these in high school. Not out loud of course- but definitely judged in my head. No worries- I already asked for forgiveness. Also loving these earrings which are another Bottega dupe. And in case you noticed my French tip nails, they’re press ons.

The other day, I posted on TikTok a video of my oldest daughter telling me to change a Halloween cartoon because “Halloween is bad.” I recorded and posted it, particularly to encourage other believers to be bold about their values as a Christian.

Well many people had opposing views and thoughts, and shared them on my video. Some were respectful, others not so much. What I found quite interesting were the number of self- proclaimed believers who shared that I was being “too deep” or ” doing too much.”

It further confirmed just how many “Christians” have no idea Who Christ is and what He requires from those who decide to follow Him. These comments were confirmation because I know first hand that many Christians are not really Christian. I used to be a Christian who wasn’t really a Christian. So I get it. But after having an encounter with Jesus Christ which completely changed my life around, I’ve committed myself to not only living truth but sharing it, too.

Are you doing too much for Jesus?

It’s a question the Holy Spirit dropped in my heart yesterday as I read through the book of Matthew. When you read the Matthew 5: 19, Jesus commands that we are to keep all of His commandment’s in order to be great in the kingdom of Heaven.

Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5: 19

In this current day and age, where everyone seems to be going their own way and doing what seems to be right in their own eyes, Jesus still requires us to keep His commandments. The excuse used by so many that they were unaware of the commandments of God will not be an adequate excuse before God on that faithful day we die and give an account on how we lived on earth. We cannot hide behind our church titles of pastor, apostle, preacher, prophet or evangelist on that day. We cannot justify our decisions to not forgive due to offense on that day. We cannot even tell Jesus that we meant well but were weak. We will only stand bare before our God and have to give an answer to everything we thought, said and did. And on that day, we will be rewarded for the good and the bad.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1: 12 ESV

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5: 10 ESV

Remember this the next time you want to be critical of the way someone chooses to honor God with the way they live. We have to be unassuming in our approach to someone’s relationship with Jesus. Just because holiness and bonds are not popular to many, doesn’t mean God does not have a remnant of people on this earth that refuse to be soiled by the world or bow to Baal. Some of us are still interesting in doing too much for our Lord and Master Jesus. Some of us still desire to be holiness unto the Lord. Some of us are prioritizing relationship over religion. Some us are comfortable with being enmity with the world, to be a friend of God.

My question to you, oh Saint, is are YOU doing too much for Christ?

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