Sunday morning, one pastor preached from Jeremiah 33:2-3 and John 14:14-16. “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it- the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jer 33:2-3)
What a great reminder right away in verse 2 that we see Jeremiah state that is was the Lord who made the earth, formed it. For me it doesn’t take much for me to be moved when I am outside and I see the beauty of this earth. I dwell upon the idea that the Lord cared enough to create even the smallest of things.
An atheist was in my home this past week doing some work. After the workers finished doing their job, I invited them to sit at my table and drink coffee with me and discuss life. I didn’t need to bring up that I am a Christian, the atheist straight away asked me if I am. So I thought about our conversation when the pastor read this passage. It is the Lord who created and formed this earth. I didn’t have much time to speak with the atheist about his life views, but the Lord used the sermon on Sunday as a reminder to pray for him!
Then the pastor shared these verses: “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (John 14:14-16)
The pastor emphasized several times through the rest of his sermon the words, “If you love me.” Through loving Him I am able to praise Him, to love Him and others, and to follow Him. Pastor Valeri closed with these words, “If our love is found in Christ alone, then it will be our desire to follow His commandments.”
The Lord continues to teach me much and emphasize often through His greatest commandments: to love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength and to love my neighbor as myself. How often do I meet people like the atheist in my home last week and really take the time to understand where they are coming from? How often do I see hurting people on the street and just like the priest, pass on the opposite side of the road? When will I be more like the Samaritan?