Acting as God Does

Chic Broersma

READ : Matthew 5:7; 25:37-40

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Matt. 5:7)

Jesus is not urging us to act mercifully in order to earn God’s mercy. Showing mercy is simply God’s way. God’s true children imitate their heavenly Father. They do so without self-consciousness or self-congratulation.

A friend of mine spends summers at an area campground. There he met a couple, Joe and Mary. They have three married children. Mary has been a foster mom for a long time. One little boy, a special needs child born with alcohol and nicotine addiction, was not adopted by anyone. Mary and Joe feared he would be passed along as unwanted to endless foster homes so they decided to adopt him themselves. At the time Joe was 70 and Mary was 62. They took the big step. Their adopted son, now four, has speech difficulties and weighs just 25 pounds.

For Joe and Mary, there’s no looking back. Helping others is their lifestyle. Mary also helps at homeless shelters. She tells the residents who leave each morning, “If you get food during the day that would taste better warmed up, just come and warm it in our microwave under our camper.”

Mary says she has difficulty putting God’s love into words. Not to worry. Scripture urges, “Let us not love in word . . . but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Mary and Joe do that. Jesus declares them blessed. Jesus calls you and me to be like Mary and Joe in action and so be blessed as well.

PRAYER

Lord, open my eyes to needs around me.