Talk to the hand because the ears aren't listening...
Some people simply are not interested in spiritual things. Some of us really aren’t interested in “churchy” things. Others choose not to believe at all. We, like Christ, must accept this reality of life.
I believe the majority of our conversations trying to convince someone that a) we are right, and b) they need to think like us are totally unnecessary conversations. I’ve had a few unnecessary conversations. How about you? Did you find you did more harm than good? Bummer, huh?
Everyone simply does not see life from the same perspective. Truth is the majority of Christians have many views on the exact same topic. We are different. God created us that way and He fully intends on us being different from one another. He doesn’t need two Ronis (my husband gasps, “Whew!). He needs for me to be exactly who I am living exactly as He leads.
Anything else is counterfeit.
So, next time you are tempted to shake your head (or worst yet, your fist) at someone, remember this verse: “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14.
In some Christian circles, ego is in play when this verse is read or recited. I think the lesson is far softer. I think the message is we need to re-examine how we approach the world. Mothers especially. We have a tendency to try and manipulate and coerce our children’s faith. In doing so, we decide WE, as their mothers, are their holy spirits. Nothing is farther from the truth.
The only prayer we should be praying for anyone choosing not to believe or someone questioning their own beliefs is that the Holy Spirit will move in their lives allowing them to see Truth. We can be the instrument God uses; however, we do not have “saving power.”