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Acting Like Jesus

By Don Loftis | 01.17.18

A man moved into a small town and noticed an elderly woman walking by the railroad tracks each morning.  He saw her pick objects up and place them in a large bag that she carried.  One day he asked the grocer what she was doing, and was told that she was picking up coal that fell out of the coal cars as they bounced along the track.  He was a new resident but boldly told the grocer that there was no such morning train.  The grocer’s reply revealed a true story of love: “I know.  The coal train stopped five years ago, but Mr. Simpson down at the hardware store knew she needed the coal, and that she would be too proud to ask for help.  So, every morning he takes a bag of coal and drops it up by the tracks.  She just thinks the train runs earlier than it used to.”


We often find excuses not to serve the needs of others.  The task may be difficult, costly or time-consuming.  We may even feel that the effort will be wasted or unappreciated.


Jesus demonstrated His love through tireless service, most often to sinners and strangers.  He consistently gave of Himself without asking for anything.  Near the end of His ministry, He left this challenge for all who would seek to follow Him, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).


We all know the joy of being loved.  Do we regularly experience the joy of sharing unconditional love with others?  Are we willing to help someone for no apparent reason except that Jesus calls all of us to that kind of life?



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