“Let us stop just saying we love;…let us really love…and show it by our actions.”~1 John 3:18 TLB
Something cool happened yesterday. This verse came true right before my eyes.
For the past 8 years now, we’ve hosted a weekly Bible study in our home. Faces have changed during that time, but the group we currently meet with has been solid for over 2 years straight.
Yesterday, they loved with action.
Maybe I’m just encouraged by the growth I’ve witnessed in this group of believers, but yesterday I was overcome with tears of joy because of The Light I saw shining in them. I’ve seen it in them before, but yesterday I sent a text to the group about a random opportunity to meet a need and they rallied in literally less than 60 seconds. The need was completely met and delivered within a few hours.
When presented with a sudden opportunity to meet a need, this Body of Christ sprang to life. He was alive in them. As a group, we’ve talked a lot about what it means to love God with all our heart-soul-mind-strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, but now we’re striving to take the next step by seeking out opportunities to tangibly meet the needs of those around us.
…Moving a needy couple and helping them unpack.
…Teaching a new wife and mother how to grocery shop, cook and do laundry.
…Driving people to church.
…Planning and hosting evangelistic events in the community.
…Donating clothing and school supplies to a teenager in need.
…Preparing and delivering meals to an overwhelmed mother.
…Giving at the drop of a hat for two kids needing t-shirts.
I am blessed to walk with such generous and caring people. Other than my husband and myself, the entire group is under the age of 30. This gives me hope.
Our group is by no means perfect. Believe me, we have our moments. We sin. But we’re trying. We’re consciously seeking to love God with all we are and then love others the same way we want to be loved (Luke 6:31). We encourage one another and support one another throughout the week, not just when we’re together. This is what the Body of Christ is supposed to do and what we should want to do because of our relationship with Him.
We don’t do so we can get, we do because we have gotten…
We have gotten our sins forgiven and our hearts cleansed. We have gotten our eyes off ourselves and on to others. We have gotten closer to Him and in the process, closer to one another. We have gotten serious about loving Him, and therefore, about obeying Him.
“If you love me, you will obey my commands.” ~ JesusJohn 14:15
What are the two greatest commands again?
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”~ Matthew 22:36-40
These friends of mine love Jesus and it shows. They love Him and they want others to know they love Him. They want others to know and love Him, too.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”~ John 13:35
Believer, let your Jesus show today. Don’t cover Him up. Let it all hang out in a shameless example of grace and love toward someone, a stranger even. Don’t miss an opportunity to let Him live through you today. Look for practical, real ways to bless someone. Do more than just be friendly to that rude cashier; do more than let someone in line during rush hour traffic. Pick up the phone and give your time and attention to a soul that’s lonely. Cook a little extra this weekend and share it with an overworked neighbor. It doesn’t have to be difficult or super-religious. Just love someone the way you want to be loved and trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest. If you do, you, too will feel loved and be blessed, and your Father in heaven will be glorified.
“Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see,so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”~Matthew 5:15-16 TLB
Hey, you. Your Jesus is showing.