Psalm 130:1-2 (NIV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
In the days before the social safety net (hmmmmm,[political commentary] a net can be used to save someone or ensnare someone….) kids were their parents social security, 401k, etc. Without any children, when old folks got old and they didn’t have kids, they were SOL, especially women. It was a tough, brutal world before Christ changed our paradigm.
The woman was crying because she lost someone she had brought into the world and on top of that, she knew what her future was going to be like very soon.
Here comes Christ and 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:13 (NIV)
Imagine how the woman took that in the second it happened? WT’H’ – who the ‘heck’ are you? Unphased, Christ walk up to the dead boy and says something along the lines of “Hey dude, you ain’t dead anymore! Get up!” And the boy does. Problems solved for mom and the boy. Why? The Lord’s ears were attentive to her cries for mercy.
And we have marching orders too – 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV), like Christ was for the woman, like christ is for us.
Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
What can anyone exchange for their soul? Where do we exchange our soul? When we don’t do what Christ has done for us. When we aren’t like minded. This isn’t about saving your soul through the collection plate. Christ didn’t save the woman by giving her riches, He saved her by giving life.
How can you give life to another today and for every day?
I heard something last night from a former NFLer that made sense to me. The people who hate Christianity have never looked at Christianity through their own eyes, but rely on what someone else has told them – a preacher, a teacher, a whatever. Few people have actually studied the word their on their own – not just read, but studied what it meant.