The greatest commandment? To Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.
What I’m learning at the moment is that the life we live in Christ should be the expression of our love for Him, borne not out of striving for selfish gain or motive or to meet any lofty expectations or pressures, but rather out of a heart of gratitude.
What we do isn’t a display of what we’re capable of doing, but it’s the overflow of living a life committed to seeing, serving and pleasing the Lord. The result, a life expressing the love of God.
Our love for Him is brought to expression in all sorts of ways be it through praise, worship, communion or acts of faith such as giving as well as praying for and serving others.
But first, by simply abiding in His love and clinging to His Word and gazing at His face, we should then patiently and gradually produce a harvest of fruit all through and from Him, the Vine who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or even imagine.
Look at Mary who broke and poured a jar of expensive perfume on Jesus’ head. The disciples were indignant – the gospel of John singles out Judas Iscariot as being especially so – about the wastefulness of the action. They didn’t understand.
Look again at Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet instead of helping out with the preparations that needed to be made. Martha was frustrated with Mary’s idleness. She didn’t understand.
But Jesus understood and received these acts of worship. He sees us and He wants us to see and recognise Him. If we don’t look for God, how can we live in Him? Jesus did nothing by Himself but only did what He saw the Father doing. How much more should this be true of us? Let’s firstly pursue and look for God so that He can then lead and inspire and move us to action.
Father, may we be transformed ever more from shakeable professions of love for You like Peter’s, to expressions of love for You like Jesus’. Jesus’ nourishment came from doing Your will and He offered His body as a living sacrifice, thus bringing to fruition Your will, borne out of His love for You. Through that sacrifice, we are saved.
Whatever we do, let it be an expression of the love we have for our Creator. My challenge to you is to guard your heart.
Jess Bell | 2nd year @ Lincoln