Hey all! I have often heard of many people exclaiming that they no longer go to church due to the gossip of others. They have said that they witness people bad mouthing others. They are called hypocrites. This is true – there are people who gossip in churches. I have to add that not everyone who goes to church are used by God. In comparison, not everyone who goes to school are actually learning. You have to pay attention and follow the correct teachings in order to learn. If we focus on what is right, we won’t be concerned about what is wrong, in fact, we won’t even notice.
A young man went to the pastor and said, “Pastor, I’m not coming to church anymore!”
“Why?” the pastor asked.
“Because I saw one woman badmouthing another,” the young man replied. “That man over there gives a terrible testimony outside, and the other one criticises you about the campaign.”
“Okay,” the pastor said. “All I ask is that you do me a favour before you leave. Fill a glass with water and walk around the church three times. There’s a catch; you must do this without spilling a single drop of water on the floor. After you do this, then you can leave the church.”
The boy thought: ‘That’s super easy.’
And he walked around the church three times.
When he had finished, he said: “I’m done, pastor.”
And the pastor asked him: “Did you see the woman badmouthing the other one while you were walking around the church?”
“No,” the young man said.
“Did you hear anyone complain about the campaign?”
“Do you know why? You were focused on the cup so that you wouldn’t spill any water. The same happens in our lives when our focus is on the Lord Jesus, and we are careful not to lose our salvation. When we do this, then we don’t have time to pay attention to other people’s mistakes.”
Let’s keep our faith healthy. Don’t let go of the most precious thing you have, which is your salvation.
It’s such a great example that reminded me that if I’m focused on my faith and on me, I won’t be so bothered about what other people do around me or against me.