Imagine this… Your bladder is about to burst, but there is still one person ahead of you in the queue to the restroom. You badly need to go. Otherwise, you’ll wet yourself in public. When finally you hear the flush and the door opens, the guy ahead of you looks at you and realizes the predicament you are in. He waves his hand towards the vacated stall and says to you, “Please, go ahead. I can still wait.” You thank him sincerely and wish you brought a camera with you. The gentleman is no other than Tiger Woods.
Imagine this… You are running late for the most important business meeting of your life and because you can’t get a cab you decide to walk, er… run towards the meeting venue. It’s just two blocks away, anyway. But they have bigger blocks in this city so two blocks is in fact relatively far. After a few strides, you are already drenched in sweat. A Porsche car approaches, stops. The door opens and you hear the voice of Noynoy Aquino: “Hop in! I’ll drop you wherever your destination is.”
Imagine this… You are travelling in a foreign country during its busiest time of the year, and you need a room for the night. After hours of hotel hunting, you finally find this place that has one vacant room but the receptionist won’t give it to you because the room is only for registered VIPs. You beg him. His smile paints a genuine concern on his face. For a moment, you think he changed his mind and will give you the entire hotel in consolation. But he responds with perfect politeness and says No. You beg again. The No is firmer now. Walks in Paris Hilton, part owner of the hotel. “Give the gentleman the room. He is a family friend,” says her to the hotel personnel. Of course, Miss Hilton doesn’t know you. Nor does any member of her family.
Little acts of kinds are magnified when they come from people who don’t know us and who has nothing to gain by helping us. Our appreciation is even more increased when the helper is a celebrity or someone we look up to. For sure, we would be instantly transformed into an avid fan, if we aren’t yet, and we would be telling the story of our encounter with these great people to our grandchildren again and again.
And yet, the help that was given us may have been just random. Not to discredit their character, it is possible that Woods, Aquino or Hilton was in a good mood when the opportunity to play Samaritan presented itself. That is like saying they would have ignored you or even treated you badly had they woken up at the wrong side of the bed.
It is also interesting that such acts of kindness will remain intact in our memories for a long time. We shall close our eyes and smile, experience that warm feeling in our hearts when we recall them involuntarily or by purpose. Our gratitude, though may diminish, shall somehow last a lifetime.
How then should we feel for our mighty God who saves us from eternal damnation? Our God who saves us is far more superior, far more exalted than any celebrity on earth. No one compares to his richness, majesty, power, wisdom and love. His status does not require Him to be kind to us. But because He is a god of love, we are blessed with his goodness.
Our God’s plan of salvation is not a random act of kindness. He planned it even before we were created. And no external factors or mood swings will affect his faithfulness. In our life that is filled with variables, only God is a constant. He is in control since the beginning and will be even after the end of time. Although we cannot fully comprehend God’s ways, one thing we can depend on is that He is good and that His plan is to save us.
Finally, our God’s action is not just a little act of kindness. It is salvation, grace in its entirety. There is no act like it. We, who deserve to burn in hell because of our transgressions, are instead adopted in His kingdom through the atoning power of the blood of Christ. In His presence we will always be. What is more precious than that? Surely, nothing.
Once we understand, believe and accept the truth about the gospel of salvation, it is only logical for us to be eternally thankful to God. When we talk of the cross, we feel Jesus’ pain like Jesus is dearer to us than our closest relative, friend or even spouse. We remember it like it just happened yesterday and not some 2000 years ago. And we look forward to His return with the confidence of the child waiting for his mother to return from an errand.
The truth about the gospel should propel us to obey God’s commands for we realize that obedience is the least we can do. Not to repay God, for no amount of deeds shall justify our sins before Him. The truth should inspire us to be Christ-like, and to be Christ-like is to think, feel, breathe and act with unity of purpose—to glorify God.
The truth about the gospel should set us free from the law. We do things now because by God’s grace, we desire them, and not because the law commands us to do them. That is freedom indeed! We are now a new creation and the new creation experiences this freedom gradually. Day by day, as we walk with Christ, God performs acts of transformation to complete the work He has started in us.
The gospel of salvation is the foundation of everything. It is the ultimate axiom and all our thoughts and actions should be driven and inspired by it.