The Lord Most High. Let that sink in for a minute…how amazing is He. He created all things, knows all things and knows each of us so intimately that He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads, Luke 12:7. Yet, we tend to minimize who He is and what He is capable of. We make rules in our lives and in our churches that limit God not only who He is, but what we are able to do in His name.
About 6 months ago, I was confronted by someone I hold very dear to my heart. She is one of the most precious people I know. She asked me a lot of questions about my beliefs on topics like baptism (submersion or sprinkling), should the Lord’s supper to be taken every time we meet as a church, should there be instruments played during church…etc. I was upset at first because I felt like my beliefs were being questioned, but then I spent hours upon hours in God’s word justifying my beliefs, not to her but to myself. I know what I believe, but why do I believe in the things that I do? Is it because this is what I have been taught all of my life or is it because this is what the Bible teaches me? This was one of the best gifts that I have ever been given, because today I can show anyone what my beliefs are based upon in the Bible. I now have a better understanding of the fact that if our focus is on telling others about how great Jesus is then our focus will no longer be on how a church service is being run, but it will instead be on the one who created the church.
Some churches, in fact, judge each other and some even teach that we will all be judged by what denominations we follow. They believe that we will all face judgment one day for these beliefs and how we worshiped Jesus Christ. I agree that I should have to stand before the throne of God on judgement day and be punished for how I lived, the sins I have committed (unfortunately there are many), and how I have raised my family. My name will be called and God could and should render me a sinner that is not worthy. Yet, before I am judged, The Lord Most High, Jesus Christ will stand and say “She is Mine.” For my name will be written in the Book of Life! There will be nothing to judge because Jesus has already died for each and every one of my sins and He is bigger than any sin I could ever commit. He paid the price so I wouldn’t have to. Jesus is the Lord Most High and He is over all people and all denominations for He is the Church and we are His bride.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11.
You see, we can all use our denominations and our beliefs to minimize who Jesus is. He is bigger than all of our rules and He is bigger than our minds can truly grasp. He is the Lord most High!
Be bold, Be brave, Be blessed!