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Example of Christ
I often wonder 'who will be saved'. I know it is written those who believe in Christ will be granted access to Heaven and to the throne of God. I know those who deny Jesus will not inherit the Kingdom of God. People will be judged by their thoughts, actions and the intentions of their heart. So, who can be saved? We all fall under the grace of God. We all are able to come to the cross with humility and with love and faith even though none of us is worthy of the blood that was shed for us. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew: I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
I have learned that the worst examples of faithful people are sometimes Christians themselves. Throughout history, Christians have done some of the most irreparable damage to those who are either seeking Christ or those who are seeking faith period. Many horrible things have been said and done in the name of Christ. Some of the worst damage done was by those who call themselves Christians. These will be the men and women who will be found in the outer darkness. Those who know what is right and do sin, which is all of us who are Christians, can be forgiven. However, those who do not love and deny the power of the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Those who do not forgive others will not be forgiven—this is something I have always kept in mind.
We all have the ability to love. We all have the ability to forgive. We all seek for something to fill our souls and to satisfy our hearts and lives. The answer for the Christian is clear, as Saint Paul writes to the Church of Corinth that he would …show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Love is the way to show the world who we are. Without love we cannot approach the table that is set before us in the kingdom of God. Without love we are missing a large part of the gift of God. Jesus came to the earth with the message of love, that His Father loved all and that He wanted to be reconciled with all humanity. Without love God would not have sent His son, and without love Christ would not have gone to the cross. Jesus in His short three years lived the example of His message—that He loved everyone. I know that I often fail in my one task as a Christian—I fail to love a lot. I am not a judge to the Buddhist, the Hindu or the Muslim. I am not the judge to the homosexual, the child molester or murderer. I can only be an example to the world as Christ was. Christ continues to be the example in this unbelieving world through His true followers. Am I perfect—not even close! Do I always love—not even close! Do I judge people—yes, sometimes I do!
I do come to the foot of the cross and ask for God to change me. I come to the Lord and ask for Him to change me. I am a poor example of Christ but I do try to glorify Him with my life with how I live, what I say and what I do. I write to glorify my Lord. I serve others to glorify my God. I live to try to become the man Christ wants us to be.
I do not want the world to see a self-serving, selfish and wicked man—I want the world to see Jesus. I really do not want to be thrown into the outer darkness. I do not want to be judged for any more than I am going to be judged for already.