Jesus offers a new way of faith. Instead of the long list of do’s and don’ts, Jesus offers relationship. The Law was and is the way of Israel. Even today it is too easy for a church or individual to make faith almost a checklist: went to church, gave my offering, prayed each day. These items are important but our faith must be much more than this type of a “to do” list.
Jesus offers us relational faith. Instead of being judge and punisher, Jesus offers us a relationship with Him and with each other. He offers us a constant presence through the Holy Spirit. The Good Shepherd watches over us, leads and guides us, protects us, and provides for us. And our response? To in turn help others to come to know this loving Shepherd.
What if our “to do” list looked a bit different? What if we began the list with the above items but added a few things? Offer an extraordinary act of generosity or compassion to a friend or stranger. Bring someone to church who does not know Jesus. Give something away to a person in need. Imagine the impact if each of us accomplished this new “to do” list each week?
We may not be able to heal a man like Peter and John did yet, but we certainly can make a difference the same way: one life at a time. The sharing of Jesus and our faith is what we are each called to do. May we each live into our new “to do” list this week, one life at a time.
Scripture reference: Acts 4: 5-12