The Good News leaves us admiring and standing in awe of what Christ did on the cross. Because of this news, we get to call God our Father. When this beautiful truth truly penetrates our hearts, our first response is to be speechless. The next moment we are singing and dancing, maybe even crying tears of joy. Then a moment later, maybe we are on our knees again, hearts humble, just saying, “Thank You, Lord, thank You”. While all of these emotions and reactions are natural and good, the next morning we wake up and life hits us again.
So, how do we continue to respond to the good news of the Gospel? How do we live out our freedom and spirit of adoption morning after morning, day after day, and year after year?
First, Love God.
Above all else, we are called to,
“…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” (Matthew 22:37)
This is the kind of “love” where you love deeply, dearly and are content. To love with all your heart, soul, and mind is to have your thoughts, passions, desires, affections, purposes and endeavors completely wrapped up in and around this deep intimacy and contentedness with the Father.
Second, Love Others
This is the same love that Jesus calls us to love others around us. Matthew 22:39 goes on to tell us:
“The second [commandment] is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Loving others does not “love with an agenda”. It is genuinely caring about another person - regardless of background, viewpoint, or lifestyle. The word “neighbor” is all inclusive. It is seeing another person, not a potential convert, who, just like you, is broken and in need of love. It is coming alongside someone sharing heartache, laughter, meals, successes, and responsibilities together. It is serving someone in humility, just as Christ did for us.
So what about all those other rules and commandments? If you love God, you will obey Him. And if you obey Him, you will abide in His love. Jesus promises, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” and “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love;” (John 14:15,21, 15:10). It is this wonderful, beautiful, circle. If you know love, then you must love and obey in return. Grow in understanding of God’s love and respond with increased love and obedience.
That is the Good News. This is how we respond. This is how we live. Preach it to yourself every morning, repeat it throughout the day, and mediate on it at night.
See You In The Round!