In our discipleship group and as part of the #gomultiply study we’re doing, we’ve been discussing what it means to be a disciple. Francis Chan says in his book, “It all comes down to love. Peter expressed it well for people like us, who didn’t see Jesus on earth but follow Him nonetheless: “Thought you have not seen him, you love him. Thought you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” (1 Peter 1:8) Following Jesus is not about diligently keeping a set of rules or conjuring up the moral fortitude to lead good lives. It’s about loving God and enjoying Him.”
The book then poses a question: “As you look at your life, how would you say that your love for God is shown in your actions? (If you’re having trouble coming up with an answer, take some time to think through some changes you may need to make in your lifestyle.)
Ouch. Tough question, isn’t it? It certainly made me take a closer look at my own life. Do I really love others like I love God? Do I really love others like Jesus loves them? Let’s take some time this Sunday to think about love – Godly love. Loving one another. Loving yourself. Loving God.
Because when you really look at it, it all comes down to love.