For God so loved the world…

“Home”.  Some passages in the Bible are so comfortable to us, that they are much like coming home after being away for a period of time.  Soft, comfortable, and familiar.

“God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life.” —John 3:16

This passage exudes these same characteristics of home, soft, comfortable, and familiar.  Anyone attending any Church has probably heard this passage so many times that it is as familiar as the names and birthdays of those you love.  it seems to be carved indelibly onto our hearts.  And yet, have we really explored this passage to its depths?  Yes, it is comforting to know that God loves us that much and that we have the promise of eternal life.  But, is there more?

God loved us so much that His love and sacrifice demands a reply from us.  It is a gift which demands a response.  So, what is our response?  We have been given free will and it is each person’s choice as to whether to respond to to God’s gift or to turn away.  So, what is your choice?

As I wrote yesterday, letting go and letting God means letting go of our false self, that part of us that we wear as a mask around others so that they don’t see deep into our souls.  It is our protection.  But, to truly follow God, we need to take off our mask and follow our heart.  Vanity and self-righteousness have no part in our reply to God’s sacrifice.  Instead, we are called to be pure.  Pure in our intentions. Pure in our attitudes.  Pure in our actions.  Can we reply in this way?  That is the challenge.

I don’t know about you, but being “home” for any length of time also means needing to do some cleaning.  The more time we spend in any space, the more the dirt accumulates.  I don’t think it is a coincidence that Lent is also in the Spring.  Lent is our time for our spiritual spring cleaning.  Don’t let this time go by without a bit of spit and polish.  For that in itself, is part of our reply.

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