Read: Hebrews 12:28-29
How often are we concerned more about ourselves than the needs of our neighbor? Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are continually thinking about our needs, our comforts, our desires, and the money we’ll need to get by. But who is caring for your neighbor? You may say that they can care for themselves as I care for myself. That’s the common mentality. But have you noticed how stressful that is? Try serving those around you, your stress begins to disappear. We were meant for more than ourselves. Jesus does not condemn leisure but cautions it as a possible distraction. It chokes the life out of us and it becomes less abundant than it could. As we wake up each day, what thoughts come to mind first? Is it of service and love? Or is it about tasks and things? Those things are incredibly important but never more important than a person.
Jesus isn’t calling for radical simplicity in our life as much as He is calling for a change of focus. If our life isn’t directed towards loving and serving others then we have gotten it wrong. We should first seek to be about the things of God and His Kingdom is all about those around us. It’s about restoring their lives, serving them, showing them Jesus through our love to them.
Jesus always served those around Him. He looked for it. He pursued it. Love was never a theory for Jesus; it was practical. Love is a miracle that we have grown used to and watered down. It is no longer as powerful as it once was. But if we were to love those around us as Jesus would, we would see change, hope, and abundant life.
Radical love means a world of difference. It would look like no one having needs nearby. It would look like Jesus in our presence. Loving your neighbor could be as simple as a smile but will always be as powerful as an unshakable Kingdom. They will know us by our love so we must love with passion
- What is the most impactful thing you have seen or heard the power of love doing in a persons life?
- What does it look like to love those around you?