Over that past month we’ve been looking at all the ways Jesus loves us. The truth is, His life was lived for love. Everything He did was in the name of love. Healing the Talitha cumi (little girl) was an act of love. Calling Zacchaeus out of the sycamore tree was an act of love. And chasing the merchants from the temple was an act of love too. But His love was not meant to stop with Him. His love is meant to continue with and in us. He’s given us talents, are we going to use them for Him? Are we going to multiply them? He didn’t just leave this world with a mission accomplished banner. No, He left this world giving a commission. In it He told His disciples to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – Mark 16:15-18 What are we doing in His name? What are we doing in the name of love? Before He left, Jesus had some questions for Peter; the conversation went, “‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’ He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Tend My sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ and he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know everything, You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.’ (This He said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’” – John 21:15b-19 This is obviously a conversation between Christ and Peter, and none of us are Peter. But we can still learn from this conversation. It’s in the Bible for a reason. We can ask ourselves, “Do we love Jesus?” And if so, are we feeding His sheep? Are we living to benefit others? That’s what the love of Jesus does to us. More than anything it changes our motivation of life. It changes our focus from ourselves to others. Are we living like Christ’s love has changed us in any way? I pray Jesus changes all of us. This year let’s follow Him.
Until next year, may you know the love of Jesus,