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I was recently attending a bible study and the main topic of conversation was taking care of the poor. There are many bible verses, accounts and parables that direct us to care for those in need. As we moved through the topic, the question arose as to how much we have to do. Jesus tells us in Mathew 19 to sell everything and give to the poor. Is that what he really wants?
The discussion continued and it felt like there were those that were looking to a works based salvation.
Now with that said, let me digress into a story about how I spent my few days before this bible study. I will come back and discuss my point, so bear with me for a minute.
Prior to the bible study I had been blessed with the opportunity to babysit my 9 month old grandson for the weekend. Every time I entered the room, his face lit up with love. Every time I held him he was overwhelmed with happiness. I would hold him under his arms and he would bounce up and down, knowing he was safe and secure and I would not let him get hurt or allow him to fall. Now, he has been told I am grandpa, but I doubt he fully realizes what that means, or the depth of that relationship. Yet he loves me unconditionally. As he grows older, our relationship will grow. At times it will be happy and loving, and based upon experience at times it will be with loving discipline. But through this love it will grow and flourish. The things we can do together, the things we can share, the places we can go, all of this will increase. He can’t know this yet, but he loves me unconditionally. What an awesome feeling, and a great example.
Now back to the original point. Just as my grandson loves me unconditionally, that is how God loves us, and how He calls us to love Him. Let your face light up with love every time you think of Him. Smile and laugh because He is holding us. Then, as a natural outpouring of that love we cannot help but care for the poor. We cannot help but share this love with others. We are so over filled with love that it has to spill out onto all those we come in contact with.
So, by believing in Jesus Christ, by knowing the love of God in that He sent his son to die for us. By virtue of the risen Jesus removing the power of death and removing Satan’s grip on us we have the free gift of salvation. No works required, it’s a done deal. But because of our great love of God, our works will manifest themselves if we only will allow it to happen. If only we allow ourselves to be like a 9 month old baby and love God with all our heart, soul and mind.
About the Author: John Hall
A 20 year Navy veteran. John spends His time serving the Lord and thanking God every day for the gifts only He can provide.
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