“But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust from your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.” (Luke 10:10-12)
In the movie, Clancy, Nick had shot a mother dressed as a soldier. The baby she carried on her back was also fatally wounded. Nick couldn’t forgive himself and became homeless. Clancy, an abused girl, learned about Jesus from her grandmother. She ran away from home and met Nick. Living out her faith in front of Nick, she thanked God for what little she had and forgave a mother who burned her with cigarettes. She showed Nick God’s plan of forgiveness by making him a picture book showing that Jesus takes our blame so we can go to heaven and be with God. Nick accepted God’s forgiveness and love, the best gifts Clancy could have given him.
Jesus’ followers offered these same gifts, but not all accepted them. When people turn down God’s love it’s sad, but there’s nothing we can do except wash our hands and wipe our feet. It’s not our fault because God gave people the freedom to choose. People will have to accept the consequences of their decision to abandon Jesus. Yes, they may be able to believe at a later time, but their lives are wasted when they won’t accept God’s blessings.
Dearest Father, encourage me to show your love and forgiveness to others every time I leave my house. These are the finest gifts I have to offer. Please help soften the hearts of those I speak to so they can love you as I do. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.