God is our Heavenly Father, and Creator. We don’t know that much about Him when you stop and think about it; only what He has revealed about Himself to us through His prophets. But He tells us that we are made in His image, and that we are His children. He tells us that He sent His only begotten Son in the flesh, Jesus Christ, to offer Himself up as a divine sacrifice, so that we, who are imperfect, may gain entrance to His holy abode one day after this life and following our resurrection from death.
That’s a lot for us to contemplate. We don’t understand all of the details about where God came from or how He created the universe, including our own planet earth. We don’t know how he created life, and populated our earth with animals, plants and humans. We also don’t understand the secular theories about creation–a universe full of mass what was instantly created from nothing, following aeons of nothingness. Therefore, we don’t argue with those who don’t believe in creation by God. We welcome them to exercise faith in a loving Heavenly Father, as they must exercise a great deal of faith in scientific theories that don’t really make that much sense, and don’t pass scientific muster.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
~ John 3:16
In our efforts to learn about God, and His will for us while we live our lives out on this earth, we discover that the only “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27.
Indeed, God has called us His children, and more. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17.
And if we are faithful and follow Him, we can receive eternal life, as Christ clarifies in this prayer He offers up in behalf of His followers. “For You granted Him [Christ] authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only TRUE God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” [emphasis added] John 17:2-3.
In order to know God and Jesus, we must receive communications through the Spirit, Who speaks directly to our souls and teaches us that which science is incapable of teaching or examining. Also, we must become like them to the extent it is humanly possible in this life, by trying to do the things that they do. What is it that they do? They love, and help humanity to achieve eternal life. If we are to become in any small degree like them, then we too must love, and assist humanity in achieving eternal life.
One of the least of these
We have some idea what we can do to show increasing love to others. What is it that we, as mere mortals can do to help others receive eternal life? Here’s something interesting that Jesus shared with us.
“Then the King [Christ] will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’ ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’” ~ Matthew 25:34-40
Christ is above us. He alone has the power to lift us up and bestow eternal life.
Yet, as we seek to become more like Him, by doing the things we have seen Him do, like the Apostles of old we too reach down our hand to those who have not yet been elevated to our fortunate status, and we offer them a lift up, ever closer to the Savior.
We lift one another and bear one another up as we stumble and grieve. “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:12, 14.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2.
As we seek to follow God, and learn about Him, and become more like Him, we must seek to do the things that He does. Let us bring peace and understanding to all those who stand in need. Bring love and relief to those who are waiting for us to reach out our hand and lift them up.
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