10 Jan Loving Jesus
“I know I live a life that most church people would call sinful, and no, I don’t go to church or anything like that, but I love Jesus and that’s all that really matters.”
This is part of a cartoon I saw that never left me. In fact, that quote haunts me. I believe it succinctly sums up a very popular opinion about Jesus.
We connect love with Jesus, which we should, but we make a grave error when we believe loving Jesus is that simple. We do not love Jesus with a feeling. Yes, I love a sunny, blue-sky day. I love a good run on a cool morning. And yes, I love eating pizza. We cannot love Jesus the same way we love things in our lives.
To love Jesus is an active pursuit. There is certainly emotion attached to this process, but that emotion of love must be followed by action. Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). There is no ambiguity in that statement…it is basic math. To say you love Jesus is a nice thing, but to actually show your love for Jesus is a holy thing. The first is not true without the second.
If a husband said, “I love you,” to his wife in the morning, that would be nice. But if he left the house and gave himself to another woman…and stayed away days at a time…and lavished gifts and money on this other woman…his wife would know that his love was only theoretical. She would know he did not truly love her and his heart belonged to another.
God is smarter than any of us, and God knows what real love looks like. Jesus came to teach us what loving God was about, and we have His example to follow. We learn in communal worship and Bible study what Jesus’ commandments are, and we strive to keep those commandments.
This is what our journey together at Shoreline is: glorying God by following Jesus and living as He calls us to live. This Sunday we begin a new series about lining up our lives with Jesus. We are taking one area in our lives on at a time; you don’t want to miss it!
Blessings to you,