Sunday, November 20, 2011

to the least of my brethren

the gospel earlier was pretty clear. judgement day consists of very simple questions:

when He was hungry, did you feed him?
when He was thirsty, did you give him something to drink?
when He was a stranger, did you make him feel welcome?
when He was naked, did you give him clothes?
when He was sick, did you care for him?
when He was in prison, did you visit him?

an affirmative answer to each of the six merits a place in the kingdom.

so eh ano ang nangyari dun sa lahat ng mga guilt trip ko about sex, about dishonesty, ek ekc? why the hell do i even bother to 'not sin anymore' if im going to be judged on the basis of those acts of love and charity.

i mulled over this. why the emphasis on avoiding sin and all that if it wouldn't even be part of the examination at the end of days?

i'm thinking that maybe, it's not so much that all that 'righteousness' is useless but that inculcating all that 'righteousness' is fundamental to doing acts of love and charity. confused? allow me to expound.

sin deconstructed is simply selfishness, self-centeredness, ego-centricity. it is all about me, me and ah yes, me. pride is the root of all evil, didnt people say that?

the acts of love and charity asked of us is the complete opposite of all this selfishness. a person preoccupied with self cannot simply perform all those loving acts sincerely. there would just be too many selfish reasons (excuses) not to carry out all those loving acts.

following that 'righteous' path is like training in being less and less selfish. and because of that, we become more sensitive to the needs of people around us: food, clothing, shelter, friendship, care. so ultimately, we will be able to answer those questions in the affirmative.

i look at my own life and realize that i am so far from this. i'm still not doing enough. so i guess, i'm not ready for judgement day yet.


Nowitzki Tramonto said...

amen :) nakuha mo ang true meaning ng sin and love! kung bakit pa tayo buhay hanggang ngayun ay may meaning din:

a. to fulfill our life mission
b. to formulate our life message

God Bless in all your journey kapatid. continue to grow in His love :)

Anonymous said...

True, it' s so hard not be selfish and practice humility at the same time. - audie

ethan h said...

I was also drawn to the gospel. And I agree with your post.

ian said...

while God gave us a yardstick against which we can measure ourselves here on earth to check our 'heaven-worthiness,' at the end of the day, at the end of days, He still will be the Judge of us. huwag kampante na 'mabait naman na ako' by humanity's standards but don't beat yourself silly because you're not doing 'enough good.' God is merciful and just =] stay well, cc =]

Anonymous said...

Salvation will not require you to do good works, rather good works are "evidences" only of your salvation. True salvation comes from accepting Jesus as your Lord & Savior. When you go to heaven & God asks you what makes you deserving to enter His Kingdom, He wouldn't care much about what you did. What's important to Him is if you received His Son in your life as your Lord & Savior. The perfect example is the criminal on one side of Jesus when He was crucified. He didn't have any time to do any good works anymore. But because He accepted Jesus in the short time remaining in his life, he went with Jesus to paradise after he died.

Ephesians 2: 8-9 says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast."

Hope you all understand the true gospel.