“Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (Luke 9:54 ESV) James and John said. The disciples didn’t believe in equal opportunity for men they perceived to be enemies. Can you imagine James and John’s surprise when Jesus rebuked them rather than the Samaritans?
Jesus was wrestling with His greatest mission—to pay the penalty for mankind’s sin. He knew in a matter of days He would hang on Calvary’s cross. Expectedly, His countenance showed this distress. But, perhaps some of Jesus’ heartache was because the disciples were falling short of showing kindness to the lost and dying world He would pay the penalty of sin for. Grace upon enemies and friends alike is the character Jesus was wanting His disciples to emulate. And yet two of the trusted three in his inner circle did not comprehend.
If I’m totally honest, I’m like James and John at times. It goes against my fleshly nature to be kind to an enemy. And yet Jesus gives sacrificial grace freely. Hebrews 7:25 KJV reads, “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Did the Samaritans who made Jesus’ Jerusalem journey troublesome deserve grace? Probably not. Jesus showed them grace anyway.
Did the thieves who died alongside Jesus deserve grace? They did not. Jesus showed kindness anyway. Both men had equal opportunity to receive grace. One accepted. To this man, Jesus said, “Truly, I say unto you, today you will be with me in Paradise. (Luke 23:43 ESV)”
Do I deserve grace? I do not. But He showers love upon me anyway. He does the same for you. Therefore, let’s make the decision to be an equal opportunity giver of kindness and of grace. The person who led me to the Lord practiced kindness a lot. Because this, I knew the relationship she had with Jesus was genuine. This resulted in my salvation. I’m guessing you have a similar testimony….
It’s time to trust the Lord to fill our hearts with grace, so the words that flow from our mouths are kind, even when an individual is being unkind. The more we practice, the more souls we will win into the kingdom.
Lord Jesus, help me to be an equal opportunity giver of kindness and a conduit of Your grace.
Equal Opportunity is a true story.
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