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Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
To be a parent today is a thankless job. In most teen movies parents appear as imbeciles, while their children are busy saving the world from terrorists, dictators or even aliens. Children are cast as superheroes that stop wars, stop discrimination and stop misunderstandings. But the brutal truth casts children in a very different light. They are best known around the world as world class bullies of their peers and parents, and thereby encouraging world classroom and homegrown massacres.
A son recently accused his father of being a “perfectionist”. He asked him what he meant by that. He said, “Well, you want me to do everything perfectly. If I make a mistake you tell me to repeat it over and over again until I get it right.” I thought the father’s response was genial. He said to his son, “You’re right. I ask too much from you and from myself. After all, everything I do for you, I try to do perfectly. So from now on I will not ask so much from myself. When I drive you to school, I will drop you off one mile away. I won’t go all the way for you. I won’t go the extra mile. When it’s time to get a new car, I won’t pay all of it for you."
What must I do to get to Heaven? This is the billion dollar question. I must look for Christ, the one the Father sent, and believe in Him. Is this all? Yes. That's what happens when someone is perfect. That's what happens when God loves us. Does He not answer all of life’s questions? Does he not explain everything; that is, why we exist, why we think, why we love and why we live? The Lord has gone all the way for me. The Lord has paid the price for me. All I need to do is believe in Him and I will be made perfect, as my Father in Heaven is perfect.
A few years ago I spent an evening with a wonderful family at their lake house. As we ate an evening dinner outside in the cool breeze, I thought to myself, “Could anyone ever get sick and tired of this?” Before I could say anything, the gentleman of the house, who had worked for years to build it, said, “Father, do you like this place?” I said, “I love it.” He said, “Even after a while, you can get sick and tired of this place.” I was amazed, but not surprised. He was right. Eventually, after a while, you could get sick and tired of anything in this place (earth). Anything! But what brought him joy in this place was the fact that he could give it to his children and they could give it to their children.
What brings us to Him is that we were made like Him. By doing what he did, we bring people closer to us. By believing in the one the Father sent for you, for me, for all generations to come, we get closer to Home. Amen.