So if you know me, you know my life has been about sharing the Gospel. I have been involved in many different ministries over the years. My desire has always been to serve God. Do His will. So that raises two questions… One – What is Gods will for our lives, and two how are to carry it out in our selfish, conceded, prejudice, sinful human ways and minds.
Lets start with the first on because it’s easy… What is Gods will for our lives… First that we seek a relationship with Him with all our Heart. I guess that’s not really first but rather the whole of it in a nutshell so to speak. What it involves though is so much more. God want expects us to learn His ways. Read His word. Learn the ten commands and keep them. (Yes I know He added an eleventh one, we’ll get to it in a moment.) Trust in Him. Share the peace we have found in Him. And! (That eleventh commandment…) LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE LOVES US. (That last one can be the hardest.)
Second, how do we do His will. We are all sinners. [Romans 3:23] Accepting Christ into your heart, seeking to do all the things in the previous paragraph is not easy. When we choose to follow Jesus things tend to get tougher not easier. Why, because we have to fight that sinful nature inside us everyday. And we are going to fall flat on our face, but we have to just get up, dust ourselves off, pause – reflect – and learn from the mistake, make a whole heart APOLOGY to God and then move on… (A whole heart apology means you will do your best not to do it again.)
Can we change? Yes… We are born sinners but it seems that sometimes we get worse as we grow older. We are influenced by our family, friends and the world around us, and not always for the best. In my life there have been many ups and downs… I have internal scars from the many times I have fallen on my face. (So to speak.) Yet we need to take that step back and then move forward again and become a better person.
We need that innocence of a child. We need to desire to serve one another and we need to learn to forgive. Do things for your neighbors without expecting anything in return. Forgive those who sin against you. Hey, remember God forgives our foolish and sinful acts, all of them! Love one another as He loves us.
I wish to close with two stories God has shown me these last couple of weeks…
First a story from the life of an adult though a child does this with greater ease I sure. I’ll give you no name because I’m sure there have been many of similar situations where forgiveness was given. In this story there was a school campus shooting. It was sometime ago. But I recently seen an interview with one of the women that was shot and survived. The interviewer asked the lady if she was ever able to forgive the shooter. And without hesitation she smiled and said. “Yes, without question, he was just a confused, lost, mixed up young man. God forgives me and I have sinned against Him time and time again. Yes I forgave him.” I should add that this forgiving lady was pregnant and lost her child that day. That’s not all… She also lost the love of her life the father of that child who laid dying right next to her. Yet She forgave and gave it over to God. What a burden that was lifted off her shoulders. Can you imagine living 50, 60, or maybe even more years with that anger in your heart. She gave it to God and he took on the burden and gave her peace.
The second story is a little lighter… My wife and I were recently at theme park and as we came out of a theater a young girl approached us. I believe her mom told me she was 7. She offered us a map of the park so we wouldn’t get lost. We sat on a near by bench and I watch in amazement as this little girl worked to serve the park guest just like her mother. Her mother was working a nearby craft booth. You might just say the little girl was board and just picked up a few maps and passed them out. But that was not the case. I spoke to her mother and she said her daughter had a servant’s heart. I watched as the little girl made a sign so people would know what she had. She even made another sign with the word free on it so people would know she didn’t expect anything for her services, she just wanted to help people. Kudos Lily, I wish more adults were as grown up and giving as you.
Love one another, forgive one another, and seek the ways of God. It will make this a much better world.
You know what I always say. Life would be so much easier if folks would just read the instruction manual.
God blessings to you… Dulcimer Jim