I was thinking about religion, and how someone might describe someone else as ‘religious’ and I truly hope that’s never a word someone ascribes to me.
I don’t like religion. religion is rules and regulations and you can’t do this, this, or this, and if you do you’re a bad person who needs to be punished. nope; I stay far, far away from religion.
but what I like, what I need and what I have, is love. and Jesus is God’s most perfect, most wonderful, most awesome expression of love. I get it; a lot of people don’t understand that. or they don’t understand the difference between one person’s religion and Jesus. but. it is so much different.
love says, “come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” love says, “in this world there will be troubles, but take heart; for I have overcome the world.” Jesus makes it so simple: “Love me and love others. End of story.”
so I was in church yesterday and the sermon was in faithfulness, and it was one of those tender, precious moments where I feel like The Lord is speaking words straight to my heart and the message is prepared just for me because it’s everything I need to hear at the exact moment I need to hear it. and one of the things Pastor Steve said was, “Faithfulness [to God] develops from love.” And it hit me, again, how much this whole thing is about love.
God loves me, which is why Jesus’ death and resurrection happened. I show my love for Him by believing what He’s said. Period. That’s faithfulness in a nutshell. And he (the pastor) went on to talk about how saying yes to God makes it easier to say yes to God, and the act of saying yes, of believing Him, of LOVING Him by being obedient…that’s where faithfulness is built and flourishes.
today, Lord, fill my heart with your Holy Spirit, with your perfect love, and make it my daily striving to say yes to you–in the small things as well as the big things. Build my faithfulness day by day. Amen.
(August 4, 2014)