This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. 1 John 3:16-17 MSG
Isn’t that tough to read?
I want to focus on the last part of this – verse 17. Why? Because we know what sacrifice Christ made for us, we remember it, we don’t keep it as fresh as we need to, but we do know what it is.
I’m quick to talk about all the ways God loves us. Partially, because its a little unbelievable. Why would he? I mean, really? When he knows the deepest parts of all of us, still chooses to love us. Kind of mind blowing really. Doesn’t really make a lot of sense. But I love knowing that he, God, the Creator of everything, knows my name and loves me. So, I talk about it a lot.
Then comes verse 17.
If we see someone who has a need, and the means to fulfill that, and DON’T, we have made His great love disappear.
We have that ability! Not that its a good ability to have, but we do have it!
When we refuse to step out and help others, we are being selfish, and there is no love in selfishness, except for self.
I know you’ve heard this – but you may be the only Jesus some people ever see comes from this verse.
NEWSFLASH: Some people don’t go to church. A lot of people don’t go to church because they have a reason (not a good one… there are no reasons to not attend a church), but in their mind they are justified because of all the ‘dang sinners’ who also attend that church. Pot, meet Kettle.
Hebrews tells us to GO TO CHURCH. Anyway..
These people who don’t go to church, either that have been hurt by people before or just never went, don’t know how God’s love is supposed to look.
And I’ll tell you this – God’s love isn’t a cold shoulder. God’s love isn’t a ‘hurry and dodge that person’. It isn’t ignoring a need that is obvious. It isn’t saying no when someone asks for help.
God’s love isn’t any of that. And yet – I’ve been guilty of most of those. We have made His love disappear, when WE don’t show the love.
Scary thought. We have a chance to show someone who has been burned before, because, that does happen at churches. Because PEOPLE go there, and people aren’t perfect. But then we get an opportunity to show love to someone who maybe hasn’t felt love from a stranger, or even a Christian in some time, and we dodge them. We go out of our way to avoid them. We blow them off.
That ain’t love.
We need to be more sacrificial with our lives, and even though we may not WANT to do something, we know we need to. And I PROMISE you will not regret helping another person. Even if it is just speaking to them, being friendly when no one else will be. It doesn’t have to be money.
This ‘sermon’ is much easier said than done. It’s something we will all be working on til we die. It isn’t something that comes easy, but it is doable.
And it is what we are called to do.
Man. This week has zipped by. We’ve been quite busy.
So Tuesday I started ‘getting the crap out of my yard’. I did a lot. It looks better – not perfect – but better. Then later that evening I noticed something. And it was probably due to the old pine straw I was raking (hey – it was the steroids making me non stop…) but my eyes were puffy and swollen.
Just ONE MORE THING!! Literally, I can’t catch a break. If it isn’t just plain old pregnancy symptoms – which, some of you know, aren’t a whole lotta fun by themselves, then it is something else. Poison Ivy, swollen face.. Ugh…
That went away after a day or so. And I haven’t been back outside since. I mean, I’ve been outdoors, just not raking.
And then – Lucy was sorta bad all day. Late that evening after about 30 minutes of nonstop crying (seriously.. she wouldn’t stop…) I decided to check something.
Yup. Teething. Again. Her bottom ‘eye’ teeth are coming in. Possibly the top two as well. The bottom ones are bulges right now. Little bubbles waiting to pop into a tooth. I can imagine it hurts. So, since then, me and Lucy have been taking it pretty easy. I’m ready for all the teeth to be in. She’s been most fussy with these, though. She wasn’t really that bad with her molars. And they say those are the worst..
Anywhoo. My ivy itching hasn’t quiiite stopped yet, and I’m on my second to last day of steroids, so I’m hoping it’ll be fully gone by tomorrow. Most of it is, just still a little itchy here and there.
And I got a little frustrated yesterday. I’ve read that when you go to the hospital to have #2, you need to have a little toy or something for #1. So I thought, “Lucy loves horses, I’m fairly competent with a sewing machine, I’ll make her a plush horse!” So I buy a pattern, and using fabric I didn’t like, make one to test it out. Fairly cute, learned a few things, knew what to change. Made my second one using the fabric I bought just for the horse…
Looked like a gorilla. Seriously. And me with my raging hormones had a melt down. So I cut it up into tiny pieces. Well, I cut up the parts I needed to fix and saved the ones I felt like I might could salvage. So now I have 4 legs and mane on my sewing machine. I may attempt to fix it today.. and I may not. I don’t want it to win again.
I may work on it after I get my house clean. With a teething baby and painting a house and hubby painting cars and houses and church, and cooking, and life, it has gotten not great. So today I’ll catch up so tomorrow I can have a Saturday!
And last two things: Our rooster – I’ve told you about ol Poncho – is now crowing.. ALL THE TIME. Literally, he’s probably crowed 15 times today, an its only 7. He started at 5:30. And his crow still.. doesn’t sound quite right. Like a normal crow is the ole, “Cock-a-Doodle-doooo!” And his is more.. “Cock-a-doooo”. And it kinda fades. Its like he thinks he’s going to get it right, and then when he doesn’t, he gets all defeated and just quits. Kinda sad. Kinda irritating. At least we know he’s a rooster.
And the last thing: I want to go see What to Expect When You’re Expecting before it leaves theaters. It comes out today, and is going to be VERY funny. I only need a baby sitter and money. Thanks. 😉
Hope your weekend is GRAND!
Lucy says bye!