As we grow in our faith, many come to understand that anyone can change for the better at any time. For many people, that belief if one of the most controversial parts of being a Christian. After all, some mistakenly think, people living in sin are not deserving of God’s love. But that could not be further from the truth.
The world is filled with people who have lived sordid lives, only to have their lives turned completely around 180 degrees by God to live blessed lives in keeping with Holy Scripture. Surely we know some—you may even be one! That is exactly what happened to St. Paul and also St. Augustine who reportedly lived a rather extravagant, elite lifestyle and went on to have a great conversion to the point of choosing to give away his significant wealth to dedicate his life completely to Christianity.
As Christians, we are not only called to love and embrace all people, we are called to love them into a relationship with Jesus Christ--What an adventure in faith-filled living! Family, friends, strangers, and enemies alike, we are to somehow find a way to love and care for others, even if our humanness tells us otherwise about the unlovable. It may involve reaching out to someone you’d rather avoid because you have a ‘history,’ whom you find offensive or uncomfortable to be with, or someone you are lacking in affection or respect for. In essence, we must put aside our feelings and differences, and reach out to others, especially to those in most need.
When we get to Heaven’s gates, there will be no opportunities for pride and boasting about being there. It is highly doubtful that we will have the privilege or inclination to say with self-righteous indignation, “What is he/she doing here!?’ Truth is, knowingly or not, we are all sinners as well as beneficiaries of the blessed grace, and generosity, of a loving, merciful God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23.
Instead, may likely be asked how many people we tried to lead to Jesus Christ. Could it be our great labor, our work here on Earth, is to try our level best to live blessed lives following Jesus’ lead? To walk in gratitude to God for all our blessings, embracing the mandate of Love, and to try and help as many people as possible to get on the proverbial ‘train,’ so to speak, and help others to seek Jesus in earnest?
© Copyright Adele M. Gill 2018
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