Atheist Richard Dawkins said in his book, ‘The Selfish Gene’ the following:
We are survival machines- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. Unfortunately, however much we may deplore it, it does not stop being true.
Is it true? From a pure, naturalistic standpoint and judging by the stories in our daily newspaper stories, it seems he may have a point. The world is self-centered; man is sinful and operates on the basis of the survival of the fittest. But it’s not God’s way of doing things. The apostle James made it clear when he said,
“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” *
God’s nature is very different from the carnal nature of man and it is why Christ in us is the hope of glory. There is a story about the Christian evangelist Sundar Singh from India that illustrates this well. Once, Sundar was travelling through the mountains of Nepal with a companion. It was freezing cold and to make matters worse, they were overtaken by a blizzard. Miles away from safety, their lives were in danger. After they turned a corner they came upon the almost lifeless body of a weary traveller. The poor man had fallen by the wayside because of the snow and was exhausted. Sundar suggested helping the man. But his companion refused to have anything to do with him.
“If we stop to help him, we will all die. We need to save ourselves.”
After he had said those words, he continued on his way. Sundar, however, couldn’t let the half-frozen man die without doing something to help. He helped the man up and started to carry him. But that struggle worked wonders. Sundar had to work so hard it kept him warm and his body heat even strengthened the man he was carrying. After some time, they stumbled upon the frozen body of Sundar’s former companion. He hadn’t made it.The cold had gotten to him. But Sundar and the man he was carrying reached safety. How true the words of the Savior who said, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” *
Gold and silver, fame and fortune…They are much sought after commodities in this world, but in the next they are worse than rags. They pale in comparison to the true riches of the Kingdom of God like faith, hope and love. Selfishness, greatness and money cannot keep ill health out of the house. They cannot cure loneliness and they are not able to overcome death. Faith, hope and love will be forever and what you have done for love in this world will be carried with you to the next.
The nature of God is love that sacrifices; love that gives without wanting to receive; love that puts itself last. That is the nature of God. God doesn’t let us down. That is His promise to all His children.
Now what about us? What are our goals in life and how do we treat those around us? Are we only seeking the friendship of those that can in some way help us to fulfill our personal goals? Are we asking God to teach us how to love unconditionally?
Love is not just a good idea. It’s much more than that. Love is a duty. Every man is looking for it; everyone needs it because we were all made by the same God, who has placed that deep need for love in our hearts. But the voice of love is not always followed.
That’s because it is not easy to do that. There always is a price. Love will always cost you your selfish independence. But if you are not making love the goal of your life, it will not be possible to find the true secret of life.
How do you do it?
Come before God as a broken and humble person. Let His light shine in the far corners of your heart. It prepares the soil of your heart and eventually the seeds of love, that God is sowing in our hearts and lives, will sprout. Faith becomes more than a vague hope. It becomes the driving force of your life. It’s the Spirit that makes all things come to life, but without the Spirit it is nothing.
There are a lot of people who know the Bible inside out and who can quote it from cover to cover, and yet they don’t know God. They have not been able to humbly surrender their all to God and are still on the road to fulfilling their own dreams and desires. As a result the coat they wear may be Christian, but their hearts are not transformed.
Love is the only answer. And because God is love the answer is found in Him.
- James 4:4
- Luke 9:24