Each one of us has been given the opportunity. For the most part we fail.
God gives us the choice.
In every relationship, each interaction with others – will I convene an internal court of judgement? Find fault, ‘discern’ shortcomings and pronounce remedial measures?
Or will I recognize in my neighbor all of my own defects – not specifically – but transparently sense that my faults are no better (or worse) than the faults of others.
Some faults are visible, worn on the surface. Other faults are camoflauged, or even invisible … Which ones are worse?
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”Mt. 6:6
The person we are when we find ourselves alone – is what He is interested in.
- One says a Covid vaccination is the “Mark of the Beast.” Really?
- A group of unvaccinated family members travels to see the Arc Project in Kentucky. Is this wise?
- A Pastor castigates Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA activism from the Pulpit. Was that Biblical?
- An Evangelist offers a ‘get away’ ocean cruize for followers to join him for two weeks of expository teaching. Does Jesus buy a ticket?
- A Pro-life protester shrieks on the street with a sign about killing babies. This is helpful?
Widows, orphans, prisoners and the poor – are strangers among us. They will not be aboard that luxury liner. Yachts full of “believers” can be found everywhere. They’re called churches. Someone willing to embrace and serve the weary, worn, unwashed and hurting is very rare.
Choosing Mercy and Grace suggests that I give something of myself that I haven’t given before. That in the giving, it costs me something precious. I cannot continue with all of my preconceptions, all my arrogance and selfishness, all of my teaching and training and expertise and the flinty hardness of my intellect.
All of what I am melts away before a merciful heart.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’Mt. 7:21-23
God gives us the power of life and death in our words and deeds. Do we choose life?