Saturday: 24th February, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 5:43-48
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
People often like to be compared to other people or things that they deem ‘similar’ to themselves. Hence, we usually see clear boundaries and lines laid out to show distinctions. We can therefore create a two column table with friends, good people and those we think deserve our love on one side; and enemies, evil people and the undeserving of our love, on the other side of the table. All the while, probably following the one statute laid out: ‘no cross overs because we are different’.
Interestingly, Jesus does not appear very enthused about those lines and dares to compare people on either side of the columns by confirming the fact that there is a distinction which does not show. He makes the claim that those ‘deemed’ evil, sinners or even enemies of state; are also doing the very same things those meant to be the good guys, righteous and children of God are doing. So the call of Jesus to the good guys in this text is ‘you should really strive to out do the bad guys’.
Jesus did not use comforting words to drive this point home, in verse 46 he remarks ‘ if you love only those who love you, what right do you have to claim any credit?’ In other words, if you are doing just the bare minimum, then it’s not good enough!
My dear, we are given a wake up call today to make sure that the distinct boundaries that set us apart are visible through our actions. Our love and life, must be the evidence that we do more like our father who lets his sun rise on both the good, and the ‘bad’.
Remember # in our loving, and in our doing, we have to out-love and out do; and not just be happy with the bare minimum.