Today, the theme of our service was “What if God Was One of Us?”, and liberally sprinkled with the concept of benevolence, two ideas that are as intertwined as a braid. Beth Krane, in her blog, “Jesus Played the Fiddle”, defined the word benevolence, from the dictionary, as 1. Desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence towards one’s fellow creatures. 2. An act of kindness; a charitable gift.
Now, for the sake of this message, let’s imagine that God is living among us.
He, of course, is incognito; undercover.
He is the guy at the exit ramp who “Will work for food”.
He’s the head of the family that may be living out of their car next month.
He’s the guy at the nursing home who sits by himself all day and just looks out the window,
but has volumes of stories to tell about a life well lived,
to anyone who will listen.
He’s the kid whose parents don’t care about what he does.
Again from Beth’s blog,
“Compassion has a dozen advocates,
but for the Christian,
none is higher than this:
when we love those in need, we are loving Jesus.”
Going back to Matthew, chapter 25,
Jenna read the “glass half full” part.
If we continue on to verses 41 through 46,
Jesus has a message for those who did not offer aid or comfort to those in need.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these,
you did not do it to me.
And these will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous into eternal life.”
Here’s one more question that begs asking: Isn’t there a little bit of God in all of us? I mean, we are created in His image; our ancestors ate from the tree of knowledge that gave us the understanding of good and evil; and we have been provided with an owners manual, a.k.a., the Bible, which is the captured breath of God. I’m not suggesting that we are capable of turning water into wine, or parting the Red Sea, but knowing what we know, we should be able to look into the eyes of someone who needs our benevolence, and say “I am here; what do you need?” Remember that, while we are only one person in the world, to one person, we may be the world. And we may actually be helping God. And He’s keeping score!
Thank you for your kind attention today.
Hopefully, we have left you with something to think about going forward.