I call them under achievers and naysayers. They say you are no good for the sake of making themselves seem better. They say you cannot do it, and discourage you from trying, so they can feel superior. They accomplish very little, but are sure to point out those who have accomplished less. You know who they are.
“Your only gain is to try to get me to fall down to your level.” – Snoop Doggy Dogg, American Rapper
My point today is not to complain about others, but rather, to reveal the nature of the Body of Christ. I don’t know much about Snoop Dogg (except that his rap music can be quite offensive, listener beware), but I do know that today’s “Doggy Quote” rings true to every person who is facing opposition trying to succeed in life. As Christians though, we should know that such opposition does not come from God nor should it be within our character as Bible-believing people. By stark contrast, if we claim to within the Body of Christ, then we are the over achievers and the “yea-sayers” to those around us. We are the ones who go the distance, the ones who walk the extra mile, the ones who build each other up. Or are we?
Here is what the Bible has to say in regards to Snoop Dogg’s quote:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” – Psalms 1:1 KJV
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” – Romans 14:19 KJV
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29 KJV
In other words, the naysayers are the scornful, the ones trying to tear you down. The ones to stay away from. And we are the ones that minister grace and edify (build up) those around us. At least I hope we are. Perhaps it’s questionable using the words of Snoop Dogg on Bible or Not, but the truth is the truth, regardless of the messenger.