Building your own ark

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Our family loves to get together on Sunday evenings and watch the popular television show “Extreme Home Makeover.” There’s no greater thing than to see love in action and people’s lives being changed by kindness.

Over the holiday season we also got together and watched the movie “Evan Almighty.” In the movie God speaks to a politician who has a desire change the world, and He tells him to build an ark. Through the ark, which stands for Acts of Random Kindness, he learns that it is kindness that changes the world and makes the greatest impact on the people around us.

The greatest need that humanity has is the need to be loved. Not to be loved for what we can do, but to simply be loved with no strings attached.

Nothing makes a greater impact on a person’s life than to have someone perform an act of kindness without having a reason for doing it.

Nothing also destroys relationships and the world around us more than a society that has become too busy to show genuine kindness to the people around them.

When you find yourself in a lifestyle that has become too busy to be kind, there is only one way out of it, and that is to begin to show love in one act of random kindness at a time.

Think about it. God so loved the world that ... He gave! The greatest and the chief expression of love is giving. Not giving to the people who you feel obligated to give to, but to the people who aren’t expecting it and who don’t deserve it.

Not many people have ever experienced that kind of love. A love that expects nothing in return. A love that has absolutely no strings attached. This is the kind of love and kindness that God wants us to experience from Him and to show to others.

He doesn’t love us because He wants something in return. He didn’t send Jesus to redeem us from sin because He has some ulterior motive. He did it because He loves us ... no strings attached!

After a person has received and experienced this incredible love from God, making Jesus the Lord of their life, God commands us to love others like He does. We are to live a life of love, not in word, but in action. Listen to what the scriptures say:

Ephesians 5:1 and 2: “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

1 John 3:18: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

In Mark 12:28 a man came to Jesus and ask Him the greatest question anyone had ever asked Him. He asked, “What is the most important thing God has ever said?” (My paraphrase)

Jesus answered that the greatest thing was to love God with all of the heart, soul and strength. He then added that the second greatest thing is equally important as the first, and that is to love people around us as much as we love ourselves.

If this is priority to God, then we have no other choice than to make it a priority for us. Loving God and loving people must be the greatest and highest priority of the Christian.

When our lives become too busy to show this kind of love and kindness, it not only affects us, but it affects the people around us, and ultimately the world. Selfishness is the greatest problem in the world. It is the root of every major problem that exists. It is also the very nature of Satan himself. Listen to Satan, then called Lucifer, just before He was kicked out of heaven in Isaiah 14:13:

For you have said in your heart:

“I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will also sit on the mount of the congregation

On the farthest sides of the north.”

He had an “I” problem. When life becomes all about you, you’re headed for a fall.

We must take drastic measures to snatch ourselves out of the intoxication of selfishness and walk soberly in the love of God. We must make goals and plans to walk in this kind of love and kindness. There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year.

Before you plan to lose weight, before you set financial goals for the new year, set goals and plan to show some acts of random kindness the people around you. Build an A.R.K., and when the floods of life come, you’ll be safe!

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