Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Good-finders


Daniel 6:4 Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.”

I read an enlightening article that reminded me of my priceless cousin Laura, who taught me about the “flipping” our perspective from the negative to the positive. Several Babylonian officials were on a fault-finding mission to bring Daniel down. But they found nothing against him. It is human nature for people to love finding faults in others. Ephesians 1:4 tells us, “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Christians should be blameless ourselves, but should not be looking to find fault in others either. By Matthew 7:1, We are told not to judge others nor point out their faults, even though we are to judge between right and wrong based upon the Word of God, preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction - 2 Timothy 4:2, share the gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples of all nations – Matthew 28:18-20 and speaking the truth in love – Ephesians 4:15. But, judging should be left to the Lord.

Jude 14-16 See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

We don’t always think about it, but every commandment on the Bible also contains a commandment to “flip it” and do the opposite good. Not only is it true that we are not to find fault (do not judge), we are to find good. We are looking for good, godly fruit, so we are “fruit inspectors”. We are looking for the good in people, so we are “good-finders”. Focus on what you are seeking.

Amos 5:14 Seek good, not evil.”

Andrew Carnegie once said that when gold is mined, tons of dirt are moved to get just one ounce of gold, but they are not looking at the dirt, they are looking for the gold. The faultfinder is looking for the dirt on people, and they never see the gold in them. We have to become a good-thinker, a good-seeker, and a good-finder. Just think of how many good things you could find about family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, and your fellow man that you could bring to their attention and thereby bless their lives. Be a good-finder for the Lord. Find good in people; find God in people.


In Christ, Brian

1 comment:

Brianna Rollins said...

When can you show us the pink moon is here