It took me a long time to understand the meaning of these words ...
Once I started going to church, I looked at everybody ...
The assitants, pastors, members and even the wives of pastors.
Despite knowing that there is no one perfect, it seemed that even so, I wanted everyone to be perfect, because they were of God!
Then came the disappointments, it was a person who spoke something here, or another one there ...
My mother-in-law was someone who was always very patient with me and helped me a lot during my conversion.
She always said ... "Always look up to Jesus, people will fail and disappoint you, but Jesus will never disappoint you!"
Folks, it's amazing how we tend to persist in that mistake, or is it just me?
The truth is that generally we look at other people and two things happen:
- We admire and take as an example.
- We look, do not like and put defects.
This is where the danger lies ...
If we admire, we want to be like that person and many times feeling inferior to them.
If we look and put defects, we are inevitably putting ourselves in the position to judge or even feel superior.
But what's wrong in admiring someone and have them as an example?
You must be wondering ...
The answer is that there is no problem as long as we remember that nobody is perfect and that we should not compare ourselves ...
Something happened to me that I will never forget ...
I had been born of God, but had (and still have) many things in me that I wanted to change.
There was this friend of mine whom I admired because many qualities that I wanted, she had ...
I always compared myself and felt inferior, because in everything I thought she was better ... More patient, calmer, more quiet, more reserved, and so on ...
Until one day I was shocked. She manifested with an evil spirit in the church!
If she had all the qualities, that seemed to be from God and manifested!
What about me?
It was not easy, it was a very difficult time for me.
The devil made a party in my mind. I found myself face to face with him and all sorts of accusations!
I overcame with an intelligent faith.
I looked at the fruits in my life and moved on.
Only after this I could understand the true meaning of "Look to Jesus."
I look at him and I always see myself less, and so full of faults, but He never troubles me, always strengthens me!
How wonderful is that?!
How many were those who disappointed you?
How many were the problems in the church?
How many were the assistants, pastors and even bishops who fell in the faith and suddenly you felt lost?
And what about that person you admired so much and disappointed you?
I know it is inevitable that we look at people, but remember, first of all ...
Look up to Jesus, He is perfect and will never disappoint you or let you down!
Looking at him ...
"A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right, but will not come near you"