Saturday, February 24, 2018

Can God Get Into YOUR Place?

After the recent school massacre in the US, a post on facebook went something like this:
Dear God,
Why do you allow so much violence in our schools?
Signed: A Concerned Student.

Dear Concerned Student,
I am not allowed in schools.
Signed: God.
How many of our institutions have refused to allow God in?
In Australia, our governments, councils, universities, schools, even most of our homes don't allow God in.

Let's use our imaginations here.
What do you imagine would happen to our country if we DID let God in?
What if all of us, in whatever setting we found ourselves, operated under the direction of Jesus, who urged us to love God and to love our neighbour as ourself?

If we define "love" as wanting the best for others, and doing that best whenever possible, can you imagine what our society would look like with everyone wanting the best for everyone they work and live with?

In the local news recently was the story of a man who, in noticing how bald two tyres were on a stranger's car, took the stranger and her car to a tyrestore and arranged for the tyres to be replaced. After he had paid almost $250 for the tyres and their fitting, he told the stranger that he never wanted to be repaid but, when she could afford to pay for the tyres herself, she should look for the opportunity to do a similar thing for another needy person.
He then left her and she still does not know who her good Samaritan was or anything about him.

Can you imagine how far that $250 might travel, if the lady did the same thing for another stranger, and that person did the same thing for another, and so on? How much love (wanting and doing the best for others) would be passed on over the course of a year or two?

Now there are more ways of showing love than was demonstrated in this event, but the effect would be similar.
Let's love God and want and do our best for Him.
Let's love our neighbours and want and do our best for them.
That would produce a society in which God was allowed in, and would represent something like the kingdom (or realm) of God in which grace abounds and God freely causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. [Matthew 5 : 45]

Blessings, Barry

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