June 6, 2018
No Surprise There!
So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’” Luke 17:10
A widely watched video on the internet shows 8-year-old Maurice Adams assisting an elderly woman with a walker ascend some stairs. In other news, Mary Harrison shoots her husband dead for beating the family cat. (Why he was beating the cat and why that would evoke murder is a mystery.) Those are the headlines. Is there more to the story? No doubt.
This we can answer without more information: In which family is it apparent that the love of God is at work? Some of the stories give a clue. On the murder, one noted that Mary “had had enough”, indicating a pattern of abusive behavior. About Maurice, his mother said, “He’s really kindhearted. Countless times, he’ll help people put their groceries in their car at Walmart.”
Whether or not the Harrisons were “members” of a church, the fruit of whatever faith may have been there had certainly wilted. No surprise there, that when love has left, all manner of sin fills the void. When we no longer seek to serve others, we serve ourselves and that never ends well. Sin curves in on self, neglecting the fruit of the spirit such as kindness. No surprise.
Nor should we be surprised when the love of God in the heart of a young boy, or yours, produces consistent acts of kindness. Again, I don’t know if Maurice was a “member” of a church, but he knows the love of God, because his life displays it.
Jesus, who knew more perfectly God’s love, because He is God, showed it for us all on the cross. Not only does His love produce acts of love in us, but it also offers forgiveness of all sins, including abusing cats and killing husbands. Even Mary is not outside the bounds of God’s love. She need only ask.
Maurice was only doing what Christ commanded, “That you love one another” (John 13:34). Yet while he was only doing his duty, the man who took the video gave him a $100 reward. Our Lord, whom we serve because He first served us, will award our faith with an eternal gift. Knowing that in Christ God gives us unmerited kindness, “no surprise there.”