'Last Sermon of Jesus'
John 14:7-9 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
Rom 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
Brethren, just because we have sincerely believed Jesus as the Son of God and have accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour, we are now adopted as children of God.
Having lived with the OA deep in the jungle, we realized that they are ignorant of hygiene. Since their houses are made of bamboo, we have to walk and sleep on the bamboo floor covered with their red spits (colour from chewing betel nut). At night they just remove the loose bamboo floor and relief themselves leaving us to suffer the foul smell of raw sewage.
When the children excrete worms, they just pull them out with their bare fingers. Having accepted the Lord and our teachings along with better food and hygiene our brethren are healthier, cleaner and happier. Many OA still give out foul smell even with clean clothes on.
Since we have temporary adopted 50 OA tots (5-10 yo) for schooling, should we allow them to continue with such unhygienic and filthy ways in their new home with us? We treat their sores, wounds and lice and also deworm them. We ensure that they know how to use the toilets, toothbrushes, soaps, etc. and practice hygiene.
We feed, teach and educate them. Initially, we have to wash their excretions in rooms, halls, walkways, roads, etc. but within 2-3 weeks these sickly, foul smelling tots look fresh, healthy, and most of all happy. Caring, playing and carrying these cute, clean, fragrant and cheerful OA tots is a joy and a blessing of God.
Col 1:21-23 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Brethren, since we have been adopted by God, we are now part of the family of God. To live In God's home we have to leave behind our foul and filthy deeds of the old man (sins, pride, covetousness, hatred, deceptions, anger, wicked ways, worldliness, lies, etc.) and put on the fragrance of Christ (love, mercy, long suffering, temperance, compassion, faith, etc.) by keeping His words. Without this transformation, putting on the righteousness of Jesus (by constant repentance) will not cover the unhygienic and smelly (jealousy, wickedness, covetousness, evil thoughts, hatred, etc.) old man.
How much joy it will give God, that by obeying His words, teachings, etc. we can present ourselves holy, godly and joyful (clean, fragrant, healthy and cheerful) before Him.