editorial

"Are You God?"

 

As World War II came to a close, the process of rebuilding Europe began.  Much had been destroyed; cities were in ruins.  Even more tragic was that families had also been destroyed.  In the streets of the war-torn cities, orphans scavenged for food.  Early one chilly morning, an American soldier was making his way through the streets of London.  As he turned the corner in his Jeep, he spotted a small boy with his nose pressed to the window of a pastry shop.  Inside the shop, a man was kneading dough for a fresh batch of donuts.  The hungry boy stood in silence, mesmerized by the sight. 

 

The soldier pulled his Jeep to the curb and got out.  He walked over to the boy and pointed to the donuts.  Then he asked, “Would you like some of those?”  The boy was startled.  He did not know that anyone had been watching, much less paying any attention to him.  But the boy nodded and said, “Yes, I would like some.”  The American soldier stepped inside and bought a dozen donuts, put them in a bag and walked back to where the little boy was standing.  He smiled as he handed the bag to the very surprised youngster.  The boy was mesmerized again, only this time it was by the sight of the donuts as he opened up the bag.  As the soldier turned to walk away, he felt a tug on his coat and looked back to see what it was.  The little boy had followed him.  Looking up, the boy asked quietly, “Mister, are you God?”

 

Without realizing how his act of kindness would have been seen by the little boy, the soldier demonstrated the kind of love that comes from God.  In the first epistle of John, we read that we should show love to one another because God is love.  “This is how God showed his love among us:  He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (I John 4:9).  Furthermore, “No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us” (I John 4:12).

 

The only way that some people will see God (because they find it hard to believe in a God that they cannot see) is through how we live and love.  As someone put it, “You may be the only Jesus a person ever sees.”  We are given the incredible honor and privilege of representing Jesus to those around us. 

 

The first epistle of John emphasizes its importance – “This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no compassion on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth” (I John 3:16-18).  When we put our love in action for others, we demonstrate God in a very real way.  People will see who He is in what we do for Him.                                     

                                                                                                            John Harp