1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Verse 12 we beseech you brothers to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.￼
Verse 14 now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.￼
Verse 16 rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Verse 23 and the very God of peace sanctify you holy; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.￼
There is a scripture that says be ye holy as I am holy. There is also one that says, be ye perfect.
I believe being perfect in God, is being fully dependent on God. That is how we can be perfect. We are poor in spirit and know we have need of Him. Our heart is bowed toward Him in reverence and submission.
I went to a quick shop last night, we were starving after a long scrimmage, it was about 7 o’clock. We went back towards the food place. The checkout lady never said, hey can I help you. I can throw something in for you if there’s something you don’t see. We stood there at that thing forever, straight in her view.￼ No other customers were there. No offers to help or apology for what wasn’t there. So we finally left. As we walked out, she was so super perky and happy and said have a good night! I was angry. I was processing the whole thing. I wanted to write a letter to the manager. Not really, because today people just blast and rant on Facebook, not through letters. This was not good service. Then she had the nerve to be fake happy. I was hungry, and so ready to be home. We had a drive ahead of us.
Verse 14 said be patient with all people. I was not. I was broke down from the day, freezing, tired, and super hungry. I wanted instant gratification. Was me judging all the things that were wrong with that whole experience wrong? It was piled on top of several present frustrations as a employee myself, having employees myself, and the sad state of service workers today!! It wasn’t that one time thing. It is not wrong to judge and divide all the things. We are actually called to do that. Where I missed the boat was my responses after all that. Jerneigh my passenger, and starving companion, was trapped in a car as we went out in the cold to another quick stop for some fried greasy food we wanted. Nothing there either. Then as I go through a drive through for what we settled on, my husband through text wants something from another place!!!!! I just want to go HOME!! Man I was in not the right spirit at all!!!!! Jerneigh has to listen to my ranting and bad attitude.
So what am I trying to say is I was releasing unrighteous judgment. We send out all sorts of ‘power’ in that state. We torment and let our thoughts be felt. We get our way through this as well. We control, and release darkness that changes atmospheres. We close up hearts toward us too. We can’t be used as a vessel of God if that is how we judge.
All those things I saw and were frustrated with, could have been used to intercede. It could have been used to teach and show my child how to be patient and loving. It could have been used to find out that worker had a sick kid at home, and she didn’t want to fire up the grease and cook something because it would have prolonged her getting home. Who knows all the things. But people are watching, and needing us to be full of light, hope, love, and patience. If I would have been in the right spirit and not my feelings, God may have been able to use me to correct in a way that could bring change.
On the treadmill today, I was listening to a podcast on organizing. And it came to me. PERFECT is not quitting. Perfect is to keep trying and not giving up. Perfect is starting, and then never stopping. Perfect is getting back up after you fall. Let go your idea of what perfect looks like, and seek to hear and know what God wants it to look like. Perfect is not being selfish.
That is being blameless like the passage said. Not living in a state of always super fake positive like everything is fine. We need to be angry at times. But it says be angry but don’t sin. Don’t release junk because we aren’t willing to bow our spirit, soul, and body to process life correctly. This is a labor. This is a holy call! This is where it really counts. The everyday happenings!!! Let’s keep going it is worth the fight