John the Baptist cautioned the Jewish people saying “And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3: 9-10 Effectively John was saying, you are not automatically saved because you are chosen people. God seeks obedience and He desires that we bear fruit that proves that we are truly His.
In a similar way, I think it’s important that we Christians do not sit back thinking we are automatically saved because we are baptized. We must live out our Baptismal calling. Jesus says in the Scriptures: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35
Not all my friends are Christians or even believers. My Muslim friends are God fearing people who are so thankful for God’s blessings. My Hindu friends are so charitable and kind and exemplify God’s love through their love for their neighbours. I have Atheist friends who are gentle, respectful people who are honouring God, even though they are not really sure He exists.
They are God’s family, by their love! I pray for unity amongst all people. It is so sad to see people divided by religious beliefs. If we are truly God’s family then we will do His will. We will seek to understand God’s plan and His plan is that we love one another.
I’ll be honest with you I did not always understand that God had a plan for each and every one of us. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 It is God’s plan that His family on earth respect and help one another. It is sad to me how discrimination still prevails in the world.
I remember expecting my first child looking for a pediatrician. I called one place and the woman said to me, “There is someone we can recommend but he is an Indian.” “Well is he any good?” I asked. “Oh he’s great” she said, “but some people don’t want to go to him because he’s an Indian.” He became our doctor. He was a very good doctor. It is sad to me that our love and respect can sometimes have borders that preclude people God would want us to embrace.
They will know we are Christians by our love. Let us love all people regardless of their colour, race or creed.
“Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:35 Those are Jesus’ words; let’s seek to do His will!