Multitudes profess that they believe in God, that He exists. Countless boast the name “Christian.” But, is there a gap between this profession and genuine faith lived out?
A few months ago, I began to wrestle with this question, “If God is real, then what?” If He is real, how does that change the way I live my life? Does it change the way I live my life? Does my life look any different than my neighbor who has no relationship with Jesus Christ?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Jesus has a way of drawing lines in the sand, of making the gray become ultra clear. He simply says that if we claim to love Him, that love will always propel us to obedience. Always. And what are His commands?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
In short, Jesus says, “Love God, and love people.” So, how are we doing at loving God first and above everything else in this life? Above our spouse. Above our kids. Above our career. Above our stuff. And how are we doing at loving people? Do we treat others with the love, respect, and kindness that we would want to be treated with? Are we patient and gentle in our dealings with others or harsh and abrasive? Are we known for being loving?
When God commands us to obey His commandments, this is what He is talking about. Love Him first and foremost. Love others more than you love yourself. Live like you believe that God is real. This world is growing tired and weary of “Christians” who don’t.