Love in Action
1 John 3:1-24 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him...
Earlier this week I received a generous unexpected gift. I was grateful and immediately thanked God for His provision. Then I proceeded to call my husband and my sister to tell them about this gift and proclaim God's goodness. About 45 minutes later (as I was exiting the Christian bookstore) a disabled man approached me abruptly in the parking lot wanting me to buy some stickers. I didn't really look at him and told him no, that I didn't want any stickers and kept walking. He followed and once again put the stickers in front of me and I, once again, said no and got in my car. The man then approached several other people with the same result. I sat there observing him for about 30 seconds and then it happened. I was convicted. God had been so generous with me yet I couldn't even pay attention to this disabled man, let alone his request for help. So I backed out of my parking space waiting for the opportunity to catch the man's attention. When I did, I motioned for him to come to my car window and I gave him some money. As I pulled away and started driving back to the office, I was ashamed and asked God to please forgive me for being so self-centered and selfish, particularly after He had just been so free and generous to me.
So when I read 1 John 3 this morning, it was no surprise that verses 17 and 18 jumped off the page at me. "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth" (vs. 17-18).
We all have "the world's goods" to some degree. So this Christmas season, how can you demonstrate God's love to those around you, and especially to those in need? Now get more specific, who might you start helping today? Tami
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