Innocent Bystander

Matthew 25:41-45

say’s 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

 

Are you a bystander in your own life? Are you just letting things happen to you? Are you just watching things happen to other people when you could do something? Are you diffusing responsibility and waiting for someone else to step in?

 

A bystander is a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part. Wikipedia describes the bystander effect as a social phenomenon in which individuals do not offer help to a victim when other people are present. You condone bullying and bad behavior by watching and doing nothing. If you are not part of the solution you are contributing to the problem. Innocent bystanders as I like to call them, give a bully the audience he or she needs to perform and their silence is often viewed as acceptance.

 

What are you accepting in your life? The Devil, life and people can only do to you what you give them permission to do they can only break you if you let them. The bible tells us that there is time for everything. Are you allowing something to over stay its welcome in your life? Have you given up fighting because of fear or weariness? I’m here to tell you that Jesus did not die on the cross for just for you to barely make it or for you to settle. The bible says for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Fear is the enemy of faith.

 

Often times in life we get comfortable with saying and doing nothing. We think we can avoid trouble if we just straddle fence and stay neutral, but that’s not true. Not doing something right is equal to doing something wrong. Its one thing to have to answer for the things you did do but what about when you have to answer for the things you didn’t do? I’m not just talking about what you didn’t do for others I am also talking about what you didn’t do for yourself.

 

When I first read the bible verse where it said inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me I thought it was just talking about other people. But after years of living and not loving myself enough to know that deserved more out of life I learned that God meant for us include ourselves in that statement. God is not only worried about we treat others he is also worried about how we treat ourselves.

 

God made us in his image we are his children. Anyone who is a parent knows that if someone hurts your child it is like their hurting you even if that person is your child itself. God takes it personally when we don’t love one another or stand up one another and he takes it just as personally when you mistreat yourself. For instance the bible says to love your neighbor as you would yourself but if you don’t love yourself what good is your love to someone else. The bible also says do unto to others as you would have them do unto you but if you let people treat you any kind of way how would you know how to treat another person.

 

So many people accomplish great things in life but still remain unhappy because they only see value in their accomplishments and not in themselves. When you only value your accomplishments that leaves room from someone to come along and make you like a failure if they have accomplished more. That’s why God doesn’t save us based what we have accomplished in life but based on our faith we are saved by his grace so that no man can boast.

 

You have to learn to see yourself through God’s eyes; God searches the heart of man or woman that’s where he measures our value. Love starts with self. If you don’t love yourself you can’t love anyone else. If you can’t stand up for yourself you can’t fight for anyone else. You have to start seeing value in you and stop being an innocent bystander in your own life just going through the motions. If you don’t matter to you nothing will ever matter to you.

 

 

©2015 Aquila Taite

Proverbs 28:1

28 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.