Ever since Adam and Eve, human beings have been conflicted. Do we please our own ego, or listen to the command of God? It may seem like a pretty straight forward choice. I don’t know anyone who claims to be a Christian (and some who don’t) who would actually choose to disobey God when faced with the question straight on. But every day, we choose our ego over God’s command.
Seen from another point of view, human logic seems quite sufficient. Who is willing to offer assistance to another person without some sort of return favor? We are trained to withhold our assistance until “some deal” is accomplished that benefits our needs. The common expression “two-way-relationship” is rooted in the idea that we “willingly” offer assistance to those who “willingly” offer their assistance (or payment) in return. But is this concept consistent with the command of God?
Jesus says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return.” (Luke 6.32-35) There is the ultimate conflict. Do we follow human logic or divine command?
The choice is simple and has its eternal rewards, but most Christians will choose human logic every time. What choice will YOU make?