This verse… It has gripped my heart, and will not let go.
I am not sure when this seed got placed inside me, or how it was that I came to believe what I did about God’s love, but I now see that I was wrong. Let me explain a bit and you tell me if you understand where I am coming from.
You know how people talk of God giving us opportunities to help, and they say that when we refuse, or fail to do anything that he just goes on to the next person? Almost like he just suggests for your benefit that you might stop to help someone in need. But when we pass, he just moves along to the next willing Christian that he already lined up to help.
“Ok, no problem” God says smiling in our heads, “I will just make bread fall from heaven for their next meal.”
Read this, then tell me if you still believe that is true. I know I am having to do some theological rearranging.
1 John 3:17
If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
There it is, like a ton of bricks and its ripping me up, spreading through my veins and burning me up, entirely changing who I am.
Its true that God can, and sometimes does bring bread from heaven to those in need, but its also true that we as Christians hold a responsibility as well. It says so right there in 1 John.
No longer can I just walk away, no longer can I turn a blind eye and say that God has some other plan for meeting that need.
I am his plan, I am his love on this earth.
Its about him, his love, his compassion, his heart, and my willingness to see the world through his eyes.
Recently I heard someone say that “God demands that we help those in need” I do not agree, I believe that his love and acceptance of us is entirely unconditional, but because of his love for us, we want to help, we want to be his love to others. Outside of knowing the love of the Father the only motivation to help is selfish.
I think of how James so eloquently puts it.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in a mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
I don’t know about you but I am inspired by the responsibility that God gives us, ready to give my all to the poor and needy, in the end its all his anyway! My all is still only a fraction of what he gave for me.