As I sat in church yesterday morning, I couldn’t help but feel like my Bishop was talking directly to me.
The truth is, these past few weeks have been a struggle for me. No, nothing bad has happened, in fact, lots of good things have happened, but I just haven’t really been paying attention to Jesus. I’ve, sort of, been ignoring Him.
I’ve been so busy and so caught up in my own life, that I look at Him at just another thing to do. I know, I know, you don’t have to tell me just how awful and terrible that is.
But as I was sitting in church, I was paying attention, very close attention. I wasn’t distracted. I wasn’t busy. I was listening, eager to take what I was learning and apply it to my life.
The Bishop spoke about love. True, no filter, love. I’ve wrote on this topic before. About how we should love everyone, but I don’t think that I really understood just how serious God was when He told us that’s what we had to do.
I mean, this is really hard. I have a hard time loving my husband some days and he’s my husband. He’s the father of my children, my protector, my provider, and still, there are days when I want nothing more than to throw him out a window, so how am I supposed to love everyone else?
But I think that’s what’s missing in today’s world. Love. As Christians, we spend so much time doing what we think we’re supposed to do, showing off for other Christians about who does what and how much.
So as I sat in church, I began to wonder, Are we too busy trying to earn God’s love instead of showing others what it means to be loved by God?
Think about it for a minute.
Now, I don’t know why God does what He does. I think from my past posts you could probably see that I don’t really understand His thoughts, actions, or plans, but the bottom line is that He chose you and me to tell (and show) unbelievers who He is. That’s it. It is our job to let them know.
Don’t get me wrong, God is still there, helping us and guiding us, but it is our job to let people know who He is.
Some of you may think that this means that we should preach to people. Get in their face. Tell them what they’re doing wrong. And while that might work for some people, I think back to my reaction when people did it to me, and it drove me further away from God. Because, honestly, God and His people all looked like ‘whack-jobs’ and that just wasn’t me.
But God, man oh man, is He smart, He wants us to show people who He is by loving them. Do you know what doesn’t offend people? Being treated nicely and being loved. That’s not offensive.
Jesus told us that the most important law/commandment/rule was that first we love God and Himself, next that we love everyone else. Because here’s the thing, while the church may need people to fill certain positions, or help with different ministries, but none of it will matter if there isn’t love.
Is it hard? Heck yeah. Is it sometimes easy to forget? Absolutely. But if we can’t love, well, then the rest of it is just a waste of time.
But that’s it. We can’t earn God’s love. There is nothing I can do to make God love me more, or less, for that matter. He loves all of us just the same. Even the ones who don’t know who He is. He loves us when we’re ignoring Him. He loves us when we try to hurt Him. He loves us all of the time. So it would make sense that He would want us to love too. Especially to the people who don’t deserve it, or the ones who hurt us.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know that God loves them. They believe that they don’t deserve His love. I’ve been there. And you know what? When I found out that God loves me no matter what, well, it made me want to do better, be better, and love more.
Could you imagine what kind of world we could live in if all people knew God’s love and if we were loving others the way God wanted.
Just think about that for a minute.