The scripture told us we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity, meaning from the time we were born our first thoughts were to rebel against what is good to serve our selfish needs. It is true even now, in our everyday lives we are always seeking to please ourselves having no concern for those suffering around us. We may from time to time took notice of the needs of others, but ninety five percent of the time we turn away from providing for the needs of such person, and simply because we are too busy dealing with the issues in our lives. To walk in sin is natural for us to do, but now becoming Christians we have a new nature.
Now that we are Christians we are to be a giving community, but having wisdom we are not to give blindly, rather our giving should be with knowledge ensuring our gifts are supporting those in need. Jesus calls on us to be light of the world, meaning we are to stand up for the fatherless, the helpless, the widowed, and those unable to find true justice in our world. As Christians, we are called to action that through our daily prayers and activities we may bring to light the kingdom of God.
Why should we help the poor, the needy, and the fatherless, when most of the people we help will not accept Jesus after all we have done for them, and many will only come to us because of the help we have provided? That is a good question, why should we continue to help people who will not change their lives and come to Jesus. A little self reflection can answer that question for us, and the place I find that help is in the scripture.
As Christians, we are never to give up, we are to never look away or judge men based on their condition or choices when it comes to charity, but rather do the things we do because of Christ’s love for the world. The scripture told us, ” While we were yet sinners Christ died for us” he gave us his life not because we were pleasing to him, rather he gave his life to bring us out of darkness and into the light of his love.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:7-9 KJV)
If we were good men, why would Jesus need to die for us that we might be saved from the wrath of God hanging over the world? There would be no need for him to die if there was no need for us to be saved, but rather because there was a need for us to be saved, Christ died for us. We were sinners doomed for destruction because we were living contrarily to what God had required of us, but even then Jesus gave his life that we might be saved fulfilling on our behalf the requirements of God.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life”. (Romans 5:10 KJV)
Our salvation came not because we were good men, but rather because of love and God’s choice to lay down his life for us. Doing good will not save us from God’s wrath, rather it is our mission to bring healing and hope to the world. Our goal as Christians according to God’s will is to deal well with our neighbors, and those in need as we live our lives on earth.
We are never to give up even when it seems there is no change in a person’s life, we are to continue with our work being lights loving those un-deserving men and women as God showed us love even though we did not deserve his mercy.
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