Desiring To Help Vs. Having A Lukewarm (or even cold) Relationship With God
Deep down inside, you want to be accepted. You want people to feel good, and you want to participate in making people feel better. Your such a noble person that you want to make (or even “be”) the remedy that every person needs. How awesome would that be if you could be the cure-all, the fix for the flat tire, the soup for the winter cold, or even the restoration to the grieving loved one? Deep down inside, we all want to be the assistant. We want to clear the paths for others to succeed. We all want to avoid worry, poor health, and conflict. I want that too! The internal desire to help is part of our godliness. We were made in the image of the ultimate Helper, therefore, we cannot deny this innate desire to be the medicine to soothe the needs of those around us. Let me tell you when this desire gets crooked…
1. When your desire to be a remedy for others causes you to affirm that you are the remedy rather than refocusing the attention on God, the true Remedy.
Over the centuries, many people have risen to say that they are the messiah foretold in the Old Testament of the Bible. One of the most recent instances is an Australian man, Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall. Marshall is a 71 year old man that apparently had the buy-in of Pope Benedict saying:
“He is the Most Royal Man Alive, The King of Kings … The Messiah, Almighty and Everlasting. Have Faith in Him.”
Others have risen to claim divinity, but the heart of the matter may be the desire to help or to unify. The innate desire is not wrong, and maybe you have never been to the point of professing to be Jesus, but, in sly ways, we can also overstep our territory, and take credit away from God.
For example, when your prayers are answered, when your body is healed, or even when you go to and from a destination safely. Did you receive the answer to your prayer because of your deed? Not solely. Faith and deeds are required for salvation (see James 2:14-26), but Colossians 3:17 says:
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Therefore, you must honor God when the answer to your prayer materializes. Your true help comes by directing people to God; providing them the True Remedy, rather than allowing them to suffer the plagues of the kingdom of darkness. Show others how to have a relationship with God and release the heavy yolk of life exchanging it for the light yolk of Christ.
2. When your desire to be a remedy causes you to skew right and wrong
Isaiah 5:20 says:
“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.”
Google searches show 514,000 results for Pope Francis as the antichrist. Why?
- Because regarding homosexuality, many people do not feel that his position is firm because he said:
“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?”
- Because he opened the doors of the Vatican to accept Muslim prayers and Quran readings
- Because of the St. Malachy’s prophecy in 1139 AD saying the 112th pope would be the last pope, and during his reign would be the judgement of Rome.
The largest concern that makes people think that Pope Francis may be the antichrist is the issue of his tolerance of extrabiblical behaviors (to include prayers to Allah in the Vatican). His intent may be simply for unity or peace, but his actions are breaching biblical territories. In his book, Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How To Say No To Take Control of Your Life, Dr. Henry Cloud said, “Boundaries help us keep the good in and the bad out.” In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus told us that the greatest commandments were:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Your desire to be the remedy or to create peace has put your eternal glory at risk when it causes you to forsake the commandments: inviting the love for God to be a removed priority, and refocused on the love for Allah (or any other god including honored material possessions). I understand that you want the world to be a unified place. I understand that you want wars to cease. I understand that you want to join hands and love one another, but when you sacrifice reverence for the Most High for unity, you have put yourself at a very risky juncture spiritually. You may not want to have opposites or people who do not see eye to eye with you, but you must be firm that you serve the Lord, and consecrate his temple (your body, your home, your family, your connections, and your church). Deuteronomy 6:13-15 says:
“Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.”
3. When your desire to be a remedy causes you to accept bribery and pervert justice
You may have seen the young woman experiencing the unfortunate dilemma of being raped and becoming pregnant as a result. She has captured the hearts of many people, and become the picture child for pro-rights campaigns. Unfortunately, she is not the majority woman who chooses abortion. Rather, abortion has become a remedy for “inconvenient” pregnancies.
Because we desire a remedy SO BAD to help this young lady who has been violated to be free from her shame, we have victimized many babies, canceled their chance at life, and even worse, exchanged their body parts for money.
Money causes good things to happen, and it causes bad things to happen. In the case of Planned Parenthood, money is becoming an incentive to increase the number of abortions performed. Watch this chilling video for details on the sale of aborted baby parts.
Deuteronomy 27:25 says:
“Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
Regardless of the mother’s scenario, the baby is an innocent life. The unfortunate truth of molestation and rape causing pregnancy is shameful, but “two wrongs don’t make a right”.
When an incentive like money, an alliance, a promotion, or any other bribes come up, you must stand for what is just! You may be in prison for something that you knowingly did, and you may say to yourself, “If I just did…”, thinking that your deeds could help you escape justice. Be careful! The eyes of God watch everywhere. When your desire to be a remedy causes justice to be perverted, you have gone too far; putting at risk your assurance of salvation.
4. When your desire to be a remedy causes you to submit to the flesh rather than submitting to the Spirit
Galatians 5:19-24 says:
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The desire to help and unify is noble, but when you begin to display the fruits of the flesh, you have gone too far. Analyze yourself, and take notice of when your intent is rooted in the flesh, rather than in the Spirit. Take notice of what actions you are putting on display, and align them with the fruits of the Spirit. Uproot, prune, fertilize, and restore your spirit, so that you can provide help in God’s designed way; thru Christ Jesus. Your desire to remedy is good, but your role is to direct, not to “be”.