December 11

Luke 3:7-14

“And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’” vs. 10

When John launched into his tirade about snakes and stones, axes and fires, the crowd was pretty much terrified. They all pretty much took what he said personally and responded much like any of us would have. “What then should we do?” they wanted to know. Any number of situations can spark those words. “What do you want me to do,” we say to an angry spouse or boss. John’s answer to the various groups in the crowd is surprisingly simple–essentially he says, “Just do what you’re supposed to do!” And that’s it–that’s all any of us are expected to do. “Just do what we’re supposed to do!” We are the children of God and we’ve been programmed to do good in this world. We’ve been created to share food and clothing with the poor, do our jobs, and be content with what we have. It’s not rocket science! And we don’t do what we’re supposed to do to keep from burning in hell, we do good because of who we are, the precious children of God, the much-loved  brothers and sisters of Jesus. So why don’t we? Why don’t we do good for the needy and the hurting? Why don’t we love our spouses as they deserve to be loved? God only knows–and God isn’t interested in our excuses. As John put it, “Bear fruit worthy of repentance!” That really is God’s bottom line!

Thought for the Day: Why am I more interested in making excuses than in doing good?

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