Saving Grace

Christianity is about generosity

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.” Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 14 1-11

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hen the love of Christ lives in us, the transient things of this world become second nature. We do not let pride overtake us. We show love and care for the people around us, especially those who are less fortunate than we are.

The love of God in Christ guides us to be good stewards with our money and our time. The way we live out our faith is important. It should be a blessing to others. That is the best way that we can serve our Lord and Savior.

In the above text, Jesus was an invited guest at a dinner. He used that opportunity to teach the guests at the dinner about compassion, humility and generosity.

Jesus always had compassion for the people around him. He did that because he was always concerned about people. That was the reason he came to Earth.

As he sat with his host and guest that Sabbath, he was concerned about a man who was ill. The text said the man had the dropsy. Jesus was aware of this man’s suffering.

He also knew that it would cause some disturbance if he healed the man. Therefore, he inquired whether it was harmful to heal on the Sabbath. He knew their reaction, but he still asked. When they did not respond, he healed the man and relieved him of his torment.

Humility is a great honor. It is a virtue. People will respect and honor the humble. This is the point Jesus was making that day.

Pride is the opposite of humility. We should never let pride get in our way. Pride causes us to neglect our Christian faith.

Unfortunately, many Christians think so much of themselves, they forget how to live with their brothers and sisters. Their pride acts like a rope which keeps tripping them.

Jesus said in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, one has to become like a little child. That means that one must humble oneself.

When one believes in one’s church, then one should ensure that one’s church has the resources to continue doing God’s work here on Earth. Remember, no one can take wealth and worldly possessions to the grave.

Christianity is about generosity. It is more about giving than receiving. It is about showing love for others.

Jesus came into the world because of his love for the fallen children of Adam. That love cost him his life. He gave up everything for an undeserving race of people. Amen.

 
• Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone 426-9084; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org. 

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