“Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:”
Elihu made an interesting statement about the friends of Job when he said that he waited for someone to convince Job that he was wrong, but they were not successful. Though I am not usually critical of Elihu, I do have a question. Who is it that made him the spiritual police? When did God go to Elihu or his friends to tell them that they needed to convince Job that he was wrong? The answer to this question is nobody. God never one time sent any of these men to criticize or condemn Job for something he had done wrong; yet, somehow they thought they were the spiritual police who should take it upon themselves to set Job straight.
Sadly, there are many Christians who have the same attitude of Elihu and his friends who think they need to be the spiritual police to correct everyone. Many pastors and leaders have to spend time cleaning up the mess that these “spiritual police” leave behind. Several statements I would like to make concerning spiritual police.
First, you have enough to care for yourself than to police the Christianity of others. Matthew 7:3-4 says, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?” You could do yourself a favor by working on your own problems than to take it upon yourself to try to correct everyone else. If the spiritual police would stop policing everyone, they would probably see they have plenty areas where they need to work on themselves.
Second, God doesn’t need your help to convict others of their wrongs. Christian, it is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict others of their sin, not you. I learned a long time ago as a preacher that I am just to preach what God lays on my heart and let the Holy Spirit do His work in their heart. God doesn’t need my help or yours to change other people; He can do a better work than we can ever do. To think that God needs our help to convict others is to doubt the power of God’s Holy Spirit. My friend, stop stepping into the Holy Spirit’s area and lay down your spiritual police badge. He will do a better work than you or I can ever do.
Third, make it your duty to help others in their time of need and let the Holy Spirit do the changing on the inside. The best thing you can do is help others when they are going through tough times. Nobody truly knows the reason people are going through tough times, so the best thing you could do is help them through their heartache. You will find that if you help them, if there is something wrong in their heart, the act of helping without policing will do more to help change them than for you to preach at them during their time of heartache or grief.
Christian, be careful about picking up the spiritual police badge and thinking you must correct others. Instead of being a spiritual police, work on your weaknesses and let the Holy Spirit do the work. If you happen to be the one who is being policed by others, don’t take it personally, just do what you are supposed to do. If there is something to correct; correct it. Don’t let the spiritual police get your spirit. Commit it to God because He will take care of it just like He did for Job.