|Published on Mon, 1 Oct 2018 20:49|
Jesus once told a story (in Matthew chapter 18) of a servant who owed a huge sum of money to a king which he could not repay. The appropriate thing in that situation was for the man and his family to be sold off - but when the man appealed for more time, the king had mercy and wrote the whole debt off! When the same man was caught refusing to show mercy to someone who was in debt to him, the king was so enraged he had the man thrown straight into prison to be tortured until full repayment happened.
The story was told to illustrate that we should forgive each other, but none of the original hearers had a clue that God would soon write off the debt of every repentant sinner, because Jesus himself would pay it sacrificially... via the torture of crucifixion. As a result, it is difficult to put into words the freedom of a relationship with God with no sin in the way to separate us.
The apostle Paul encourages generous financial giving in the Corinthian church with these words: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9). When we give money towards the work of St Simon’s (it is Gift Day on Sunday 30th September), any feelings of charitable obligation should be replaced by the joy of knowing that because of Jesus, the Father says: “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Revelation 3:20).