Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 106:1-12 (God saves through water); Numbers 27:1-11 (Daughters also promised inheritance); Luke 11:33-36 (Your body full of light)
So much of what we do in life is based on conditions. If you do this, then I will do that. We write contracts to make sure that everybody will do what they say they’ll do. Of course, it is also a time honored tradition to find ways to get out of our obligations to respond. The Pharisees had that issue down well only to get rebuked by Jesus. Jesus put it simply when He said that our yes should be yes and our no should be no.
Perhaps that’s because Jesus understood God’s unconditional love. I think we don’t understand it at times. We do all kinds of things as if we are trying to attract God’s attention and get Him to love us. We forget the message of the cross and the message of love that is spread across His word. The Psalmist had a great reminder. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (106:1) We are the recipients of God’s love that endures forever. God’s love is not conditional on any activity on our part. Sometimes it’s comforting to know that. Sometimes it enrages me because I realize that His love doesn’t just extend to me – it extends to all people even the ones that I would say are unlovable. Then, I realize that I might be unlovable at times also. God doesn’t tell us, “I will love you if you are good.” If He was like that, Jesus would never have gone to the cross – no one was good enough for that gift. God’s love is unconditional and extends towards all people. I guess that means that I should be showing His love to others in my life.
Lord, I recognize that I have sin in my life. I recognize that I don’t deserve Your love. That makes Your love for me all the more amazing! Let me accept Your love and show that love to others who need to know and experience Your love.