“Lord,” he said, “I have nothing to offer you. Not even a sparrow. How can I be forgiven without a sacrifice?” He sat at the temple gates weeping. With no grain, meal, wine or not even a quadran– a quarter of a farthing– to buy even a half a sparrow to offer to his Lord.
“Lord,” he cried out once more in his anguish, “ I am a peasant. I have nothing to offer you. My life is meaningless. I barely have enough to keep me from starving from day to day. I am not a beggar but I am not a rich man. What can I give you, Lord, that would be worthy of your love?”
“Do you think I need bulls, or rams, or even sparrows to prove your love for me? Those things are mine anyway. That was just my way of having the people atone for their sins because they don’t really understand my love for them. Ask and it will be given. Seek and you will find.”
“Ask what , Lord. Seek after what? I just don’t understand. What am I to do to please you?”
“You just have to give of yourself. Give yourself to me and I will pour out my love on you so much you cannot contain it. Seek me and righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Trust in me. You have already shown your willingness to please me and your humility in your attitude. Go and your sins are forgiven.”
The man looked around. He was physically alone and knew that he heard from God himself. He left the temple area not laughing at the others for their lack of faith and understanding, but smiling knowing that his God was pleased with him and that he was loved for who he was.
© Simply Consider This, 2013.