During this time when we are dealing with the corona virus we, as a nation, are doing something that is not often seen in our world today, at least not often enough. We are seeing people, individually and collectively coming together, and each acting in a way that may not be what we individually wish to do, but doing what is necessary for the common good, and staying at home. These times in history are rare and we should thank God that everyone has been designed with a conscience, a built in knowledge of what is acceptable and what is not. Of course we have all learned to moderate what our conscience says to us to justify our own actions!
Our love for other people is a measure of our love for God
These are the words of Jesus.
Matthew. 10: 37-39 (CEV) If you love your father or mother or even your sons and
daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples. And unless you are willing to take up your cross and come with me, you are not fit to be my disciples. If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.
These are strong words and difficult to hear, but we are to base our actions on faith in God and what he asks us to do. Putting God first and other people’s needs ahead of our own, are basic underlying principles found in scripture.
Matthew 25 : 37-40 (CEV) Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, “When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?” The king will answer, Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.”
Matthew 6: 31-33 (CEV) Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.
Our actions in putting God first and others ahead of our own needs, is a measure of our faith in God.