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"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."
(Ephesians 3:17-19 KJV)
As we move into the second half of this year, it is appropriate to take a few moments to reflect on what we have done and what we have left undone during the first half. Certainly, there are many times when, had we been somewhat more alert, we could have done something to make the lives of our fellows a bit smoother. . .but we weren't alert.
There also were times when we had a chance to do something affirmative for someone, and we did. The question, of course, is why we did. Did we do this because it was "the thing to do" or was it because someone was watching? Hopefully, it had more to do with what was going on in our hearts than in our concerns for how others might view us. As has often been said, "Character is revealed by when we act as if no one were watching."
That said, there is an underlying
reality in the lives of us as people of The Way. . .we are never not being watched. Our lives are an open book to God, and we are constantly being measured against the example set by Our Lord during His time on Earth. There is no such thing as our being in a secret place in relation to Him. Yet, Scripture tells us that if we are faithful in secret we will be rewarded in the open. Under the influence of John Calvin, many of our brethren believe that the superficial niceties of this world are evidence of the favor of God on our undertakings. That view, however, has the tendency to create a "quid pro quo" relationship between us frail creatures and our Creator. My brothers and sisters, that is worse than a bad view of God, it borders on heresy.
The point is that whatever we do should be done in the Name and in the Spirit of Jesus and His example. It is not a matter of "What Would Jesus Do?" He has already shown us that. It is a matter of doing what He has shown us to do. We have a half year to make up for what we did not do, so let us get alert to be about His business.
Peace and Blessings from your Servant in the Faith