During shows with BENBORI there seem to be random times when I can glance around the crowd and observe, just watch. This may sound creepy, but admit it, you all do it. Taking in the scene, one person at a time. Looking in on a group of people gives you a first impression of the individuals, based on how they interact with those around them. Women, virtuous warriors, ponder on this.
If we were to look in on your youth group, your work place, your home, what would be our impression? Obviously this impression is not law, as we do not genuinely get to know you, but this is all most people see of us. How do you carry yourself? What body language are you using with men, other girls, or your authority figures? How would non-Christians tell you apart from themselves? This is what it is all about. The Lord has been showing me over the past week that His greatest commandment sums up all other commands, and if this command was kept people would see a difference by only looking in on us.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘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.” Matt 22:36-40
The Lord has been showing me how these verses ripple into every aspect of our lives. I am being convicted in many areas of my life in how I have not been allowing this passage to enter every area of my heart. If we love those around us would we tempt our brothers with seductive outfits or flirtations? Would we talk back to our youth leaders, parents, teachers? Would we skip bowing our head and praying over our lunch in a public place? No, you wouldn’t, I wouldn’t. Do you see where this goes? Any other commandment given by the Lord cannot be broken if we loved the Lord above all and then others ahead of ‘I’. Wow. This is what Christ meant when He said He came to fulfill the law, not to destroy it. Take any of the ten commandments and try it out. If you loved others as you loved yourself, with true brotherly love, caring about their souls, could you lie? steal? covet?
But VW’s, where does that leave you and I? It may sound like a lot of work, because it is. Preparing for battle and being in battle is a full time commitment, it means even during your rest times you are focused and on alert. Every action needs to fall under one of those two categories, and everything does. Be encouraged that this is an awesome check for us. When heading out to school this week think about those you will be in contact with. Obey the Lord and love them more then you love yourself. You may find your responses change, your clothing choices change, your attitude toward your classmates will change. Do not think yourself too small to make a difference in your school or work place. There is no other you, you are it. The Lord placed you in that situation to change it, and if you wake up with this scripture on your heart you will draw attention to the Lord. Yes, sometimes it takes your will power to make things work because you do not FEEL like it, but Christ did not say ‘love your neighbour as yourself when you are in a good mood, or feeling lovey dovey’. No, it is all the time, in EVERYTHING.
If this was the way we lived, notice I am in this too, we would look so different and many of the things I observe while at shows would not be happening. The disrespect, people left on the sidelines, the flirting, crude joking and clothing choices aimed after lust rather then love would have to disappear because you cannot partake in these when you are in love with our Father and love those close to you.
We need a total mind change and it starts with you warriors. Make a pact with me today to love the Lord will all you have and others before yourself. Let me know what changes you had to make so you could stay true to the Lord!
For me, it is going to be taking my time right now to tell the Lord how much I love him, then to send an encouraging email I have been meaning to get to but haven’t had a time when it wasn’t ‘inconvenient’ for me (how selfish), and finally I will make sure I serve my husband when he gets home from work rather then focus on what I have to do for myself.
Being a warrior means taking action when no one else is, can you do it?