The God we come to know as we study the Bible is a God who is for others. The Bible says, “God is love”. The kind of love this is talking about has others best interest at heart. This love seeks out others in order to reveal himself to them, and not only just so they can see love, but to actually become a partaker of this love. I once heard God is our father and he wants to have a large family. He also has a plan for that family and the plan is for them to catch his vision for the world and begin to run his universe in the manner in which he wants it ran. Of course we know God is the one running things, but what I’m saying is he is looking for his family to get on board with his plans so we can be a part of what he’s up to.
In John 14 we read where Jesus said, “He who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and will disclose myself to him.” Jesus promises to love and reveal himself to us if we keep his commandments. Of course this begs the question “What are his commandments?” In a word it would be “love” wouldn’t it? He told us to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.
At one point in Matthew 25 we see Jesus talking about judgement. He says the nations will be divided into two groups consisting of goats and sheep. Then he proceeds to describe the difference between the two and it is based on how the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned were treated. Those that visited and comforted these people will be welcomed into the kingdom and those that did not will not be welcomed. This isn’t to say we are to simply set out to go and find people in these categories in order to work our way into the kingdom. What it is really telling us is those that did these things for these people did them because they are one with the Spirit of God and want the same thing he wants which is for those in desperate situations to come to know Jesus Christ and be a part of his kingdom too.
If there is one thing I have learned is Jesus keeps his word. He told us if we kept his commandments he would reveal himself to us. We have come to see that his commandments aren’t a burden because the love of God has been poured out into us and we can’t help but to love others. When we find ourselves loving God we will find ourselves loving people especially those in need.
Jesus knows most aren’t open to the gospel unless they are in a tight spot such as hunger, sickness, prison etc. When the problem is finally too big for us to solve we will finally find ourselves in the position to receive the “Good News!” God’s family business is joining himself to those who have finally run out of their own methods and schemes to run their own lives. They have come to the conclusion Father does know best and does a much better job at running things.