Nothing in this world

The other day, I received what I’ve entitled “an inspired thought.” I believe it to have come from God, however, I am not so brash as to make that claim. A thought, inspired by God, sits much more comfortably. Over the course of the rest of the day, I unpacked this thought, which ended up in a sort of letter format. The original thought was “Don’t you know that there is nothing in this world that I can’t be found in?” I post what I wrote below, in the hope that it will give you some food for thought, perhaps spark some discussion, or maybe even some inspiration or encouragement for your own journey.

Don’t you know that there is nothing in this world that I can’t be found in? This world is my world, and I cover it in my love. Have you not read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” My love for this world goes deeper than you can ever imagine. Through every success and every failure I am there. Through every joy and every hurt. Through every righteous act, and every injustice.

Not that I condone or agree with all these acts, but still I am there. When a child is beaten, I am there – softening the blows, comforting them afterwards. Through every war zone, I am there, sowing the seeds of peace.

My ways are not your ways. Through your claiming to know my will, you close me out of the possibility of working in it. My will is that all may know me, that all may love me. Who are you to say that I don’t want a particular group? My love is not exclusive.

You try to keep me in a box, I am much larger than any box. I am the God who created the universe. I am the God who parted the Sea and made water come out of a rock for Moses. I kept Jonah alive for three days in the belly of a whale. I turned water into wine, fed many people from not much, healed the sick, the lame, the blind, and was killed – yet raised from the dead. I hung out with those society despised – the lepers, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the destitute. Anyone who didn’t know the love that I had for them – they soon found out. And so it is today.

How big do you think I am, if you believe that I can’t act in particular situations? How big do you think I am if you think that there is anything that will prevent me from bringing my love into people’s hearts? I love the whole world – each person is made in my image. I want to shower them in love, and I want you to do the same. Have you not read, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

So go, shower love on all you see. Love the rich, the poor, the sinner, the holy man, the biggest, the least, the young and the old. It is not for you to judge them – that is for me alone, for it is far to large a task for any of you. All I ask of you is to love – love Supremely, love sacrificially, love sincerely, love unconditionally. Love!

With love, from the one who loved you before you were created.

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

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