Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Helping God

How I live has consequences on whether or not other people enter into God’s promises. This is a scary thing to think about, but it should also motivate us to do the right thing. When we join our lives to Jesus and follow Him, then our lives become beacons of God’s love, grace, and mercy.

This reality should cause us to pause and examine our lives. Am I living in such away that others will know and experience God’s love? That is a question we need to consider, because other people are depending on us to show them love. It is through us that other people are able to experience God’s love. Your children, co-workers, classmates, parents, friends, and neighbors need you to be people of faith so they can experience God in their lives.

I started pondering this truth this morning as I read William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible on the Letter to the Hebrews. This is part of Barclay’s comments on Hebrews 11:20-22:
“Here is the great function of life. Our hopes may never be realized but we must live in such a way that we shall hasten their coming. It may not be given to every man to enter into the fullness of the promises of God, but it is given to him to live with such fidelity as to bring nearer when others will into it. To us all is given the tremendous task of helping God make his promises come true.” (p. 154)

God works through people of faith to give other people hope and make His promises a reality in their lives. While we will never experience the fulfillment of all of God’s promises here on earth, we are able to experience a few that will spur us to hope for what lays ahead. We experience God’s promises through the actions of faithful people. When we love other people we allow them to have a taste of God’s promises.

Think about what the apostle John wrote:
11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:11-12; NET)

In order for us to love God we have to have faith. The foundation of faith is our belief in God and His love for us. So our love for God and our love for other people is a product of our faith. Faith comes before love. What John tells us here is that because we believe God has loved us we then love other people. Because we love other people we experience God in our lives (God resides in us) and His love is expressed through us (his love is perfected in us). Loving God and people enables us to experience God in and through our lives.

It is God at work through us that we help Him bring His promises into fulfillment. God has chosen to us, followers of Jesus Christ, to be the vessels of His love and truth. As we live lives of faith and love we allow others to experience God’s love and hear Jesus’ call to follow Him. May our lives be an extension of God’s love!

  • Point to Ponder: God works through people of faith to give other people hope and make His promises a reality in their lives.
  • Passage to Remember: 1 John 4:11-12
  • Question to Consider: Is your life an extension of God’s love?

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