“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”” John 14:21
“Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!” Psalm 96:9
“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
When a brother in the Lord who knows me well remarked one day how much faith in Jesus I have and that he is totally confident I will go wherever He sends me because of my faith, my response came quickly.
“I would like to have a lot more faith than I have,” I basically said. “It’s not faith that gets me to go wherever God sends me,” I explained. “It’s love!” I essentially said.
I continued to explain. See, I’m so indescribably unabashedly unashamedly unfathomably in love with the Lord Jesus Christ – and keep falling more and more and more in love with Him. And the more I love Jesus, the more I want to honor the Lord. And adore the Lord. And revere the Lord. And fear the Lord. And serve the Lord. And worship the Lord (though I don’t like to sing!). And obey the Lord. And GO WHERE THE LORD SENDS ME! To do what He sends me there to do! To tell the world about Him!
No longer do I simply feel like I SHOULD obey the Lord. Like it’s a horrible obligation. It’s that I WANT TO OBEY THE LORD because I want to SHOW HIM MY LOVE!
Where does all this love begin? It begins with Jesus! It begins with HIS LOVE FOR ME. Then I want to RETURN HIS LOVE TO HIM! And I want to OBEY THE LORD to LOVE THE LORD! It’s then ALL ABOUT LOVE! About LOVE FOR JESUS!
When obedience stems from LOVE that begins with God’s LOVE for us and then turns into OUR LOVE FOR HIM and OUR LOVE FOR OTHERS, it takes obedience to such a beautiful, lovely place.
The Bible talks about worshiping the Lord in the “beauty of holiness.” I’ve never fully understood what that means. But when I think of worshiping the Lord as how I live my very life for Him, and that I desire to have a pure heart and life so I’m pleasing to Him and bring Him joy and gladness, and that God calls us to be holy like He is (1 Peter 1:15), then it makes me think of obedience that comes from love.
Obedience as an act of worship. Obedience that comes from a heart full of love for Christ. And what is more pure when it comes to our hearts than to have our hearts filled with love for Jesus?
I’m on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s scary. But one thing is for sure. When God tells me to go, I know I want to obey Him. He gives me the faith to obey. But the desire I have for obedience doesn’t come from faith as much as it comes from love.
The love of Christ. The love from Christ. And the love for Christ in return.
For the love of Christ, friend, receive His love. Return His love to Him. Share His love with others. And obey Him in your love for Him. For His name’s sake. AMEN!
Friend, if you really love Jesus, how would you live today? What decisions would you make? What would fill your heart? Your mind? Your calendar? What actions would you take? Where would you go? What would you do? How would you show Jesus your love for Him?
Love Jesus, friend. Love Him with every single ounce of your heart. Forever. In what you think, in what you say, in what you do. Love Jesus forevermore!