In the beginning of the chapter of Luke, we are told the story of how Jesus was conceived and the story of his birth. In chapter 2, we are told about John the Baptist, whose birth preceded Jesus’ by about six months. When John grew older he became a preacher, and at this point in Luke he is preaching to crowds that had come to him for baptism.
In verse 8 of chapter 2, John tells the people who have gathered before him, “Prove by the way that you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” The bluntness of this verse really struck me this morning when I read it; I was still groggy and it kind of jolted me awake.
John reminds us that no matter what we say about our faith, the truth of our relationship with Christ and our Salvation is in our actions, not our words. John tells the crowd that one way they can show their love for God is to give to those in need, to feed them and clothe them instead of hoarding our possessions for ourselves.
This is just one suggestion, but John makes it clear that our lives are to reflect our commitment to Christ. Christ showed his love for us by coming here to earth and suffering great torment in order to bring us the message of repentance and forgiveness of sin. When I was interacting with Jesus as the consciousness of the Sun while using a legal substance over a few years, I was allowed to feel this love and it was deeper than I can even describe in words.
We can show our love for Christ by acting like him and letting our love for him show in our behavior. John tells us in this verse, and the ones that follow, that this is absolutely necessary for Salvation, that we need to behave as if we have truly turned from our old ways toward the ways of God and Christ and have become willing to live by spiritual laws rather than the superficial values of the human world. John warns us that our love for God and Christ must show in our lives every day instead of looking at Salvation as a one-time event, something we did once in the past.
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