I’ve been thinking a lot recently about a specific passage in the Bible.
It’s a passage that really been challenging me in how I demonstrate my love of Jesus.
If you’re anything like me I’m sure you’ve been taught the importance of loving Jesus more than your fair share of times!
It’s certainly not a message we shy away from in the church is it?
I’ve talked in the past about the dangers of focusing primarily on our love for Jesus rather than His love for us. That in doing so we run the risk of putting the cart before the horse.
But once we do have things in the right order – once we allow our love for Jesus to overflow from His love for us – what should that love look like?
You might think that the answer to that question is really obvious, I certainly used to think that.
I was brought up in the church with an understanding that loving Jesus looks like dedicating time to him in prayer, fasting, reading the Bible and worship.
While all of this is great, and Jesus mentions those things, they are not what Jesus specifically asked us to do.
The most explicit passage in the Gospels on how we minister to Jesus can be found in Matthew 25. In verses 35-40 Jesus says…
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
Now let me reiterate – prayer, fasting, reading the Bible and worship are all wonderful ways to express our love Jesus… it’s quality time, words of affirmation – two of the five love languages!
But there is something more amazing. Something that includes those two love languages but also the other three – physical touch, gifts and acts of services.
Loving Jesus practically
It’s when we choose to believe God and see Him in others. When we minister to every person on the planet as if we were ministering to God Himself.
What if Jesus was freezing to death on the streets… would you open up that spare bedroom in your house?
What if Jesus was asking for some food outside your favourite restaurant… would you ask him to join your family?
What if Jesus was fleeing a war torn country and in desperate need for safety… would you let him cross your border?
Like I said, this passage in Matthew has some serious ramifications and has made me think a lot in the last few months.
My prayer is that it makes you think too.
How can and how will you love Jesus today?