“Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” // John 14:21
Hello Everyone, and Happy Veterans day! I just want to take a moment and thank all the members of our Military on this Veterans Day. Your sacrifice to our country, and to all of us, is deeply appreciated. We love you and are praying for you.
Today’s post was sort of inspired by a Target commercial. Strange, right? If you’ve been watching TV at all in the past few weeks, you may have seen the Target commercial with Meghan Trainor’s “All The Ways” playing in the background. When I heard the song on the commercial, I didn’t know who or what it was. But I thought it was catchy and was curious, so I looked it up. It turned out to be a song by Meghan Trainor, and after I listened to it, it was stuck in my head. That afternoon as I was driving and praying, I heard God echo some of the words of those songs back to me. The words,”If you love me, love me, love me, like you say …”
God’s voice reminded me of John 14:15, where Jesus says, “If you love me, keep my commands.” It’s easy to say we love God, in fact, most people would say they do. But we see from Scripture that the test of our love for God is our obedience to Him.
Now I’m not saying that we’re going to be obedient, perfect human beings 100% of the time. Because we’re not. We’re all human, we’re all fallen, and we’re all sinful. However, the more we love God, the more we should start to look like Him, and the more we will be transformed by His Spirit that will enable us to carry out His commands for our life.
Our obedience to God isn’t a checklist. It’s not:
I was kind today … check.
I helped the homeless man on the corner … check.
I forgive my enemy because I had to … check.
This is what religion tells us to do. God isn’t interested in that. God wants your obedience because of your love Him. If you love your spouse, you’ll do what makes them happy, because you love them. The same thing goes for us and our relationship with God. We will become increasingly obedient because we want to see Him glorified, our relationship with Him grow, and people to come and know Him. Our checklist turns into an outpouring of the love we’ve received from Him. It looks something like this:
I was kind today … because God has been kind of me. I want people to know that kindness.
I helped the homeless man on the corner … because God loves me and provides for my needs, and I want this man to know that God feels the same about Him.
I forgave my enemy … because God forgave me when all the times I was in the wrong.
After Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples before ascending into heaven, He had a talk with Peter in John 21:15-17. Three times Jesus asked Peter if He loved Him. Three times! And after every time Peter told Jesus that He did in fact love Him, Jesus responded every time with the words, “Feed my sheep.”
Jesus was implying that if Peter really loved Him like he said he did, then He was to take care of God’s people.
Jesus was implying that if Peter really loved Him like he said he did, then He was to take care of God’s people. When we love Jesus, we’ll do the same. If we really love Jesus like we say … with our whole heart, mind, and strength, imagine what that’d look like in our lives. How many more people would feel and see the love of God because of the outpouring of our love for Him? How many relationships would become healed? How might our little corners of the world look different if we obey God because we simply love Him? Not because we had to, but because we wanted to.
How might our little corners of the world look different if we obey God because we simply love Him? Not because we had to, but because we wanted to.
It’s my prayer this week that we might find the joy in serving God in obedience. Not out of obligation, but out of love and infused with the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-18, 23-24). Because we’d trust Him enough to obey Him and leave everything else in His hands.
No matter where you’re at in your walk with God today, there’s always room to grow closer to Jesus and to be His hands and feet wherever He has you. There’s no greater feeling in the world than growing in our relationship with Him and being obedient to Him. That is truly life at it’s best. Let’s press in and see where He may lead and ask our obedience this week.
And if we do, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until Next Time,