You might have heard some people say that “the ends justify the means.” That is, as long as the “good” result is reached, how we get there is not that important. However, the Apostle Paul challenges us in Ephesians 4 to interact differently in situations than the world does. He used the word “instead” or “rather” several times to contrast the difference. The blind spot is that we often just do things like the world does and think that the ends justify the means! But God has given us a higher calling. Paul says, “But that is not the way you learned Christ.” What can we learn today to help us shine brightly for Christ, and to give hope to this world, instead of responding just like any person without Christ might respond?
Barriers and Blind Spots
It is without question that we, the Church, have to take action in response to the social issues and sins in our country and around the world. But with all the talk about seeking justice and loving others, it seems like the real battle is in the hearts of Christians. That is, we all have potential barriers and blindspots that have hindere, and often blocked, our pursuit of mercy, justice, and love. The tragic thing is that most of us don't know it, or...won't admit it! How do we pursue Micah 6:8 in a manner that is authentic and God-centered? We believe that the changed heart WILL lead a person to action. We also believe that action without a changed heart is just as tragic in missing out on God's heart and purposes in building His kingdom.