What’s the definition of a “Christian” in three simple words? Love, God, neighbor. What? Listen to what Jesus said:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
Simple. The keywords are Love, God, and neighbor. So, if Jesus the Christ said it, the definition of a Christian—a follower of Jesus the Christ—is that simple. Love, God, neighbor.
It you think this is too simple think again. As I write over and over again, God means life to be so very simple. There should be nothing complicated about it. But we complicate life. Life is like a new closet that starts out as empty but we start storing junk in. After a while the clean (simple) closet is filled with junk (complications).
Love, God, neighbor. Wow! I’m watching an election season that has nothing about love, God, or neighbor in it. Just the opposite! But that’s the state of the world right now. There’s simply not a lot of love, little God, and even less care about our neighbors. That can only mean there are not many true—I mean really true—Christians out there. Sad but true.
My priorities for this week are love, God, and neighbor. Yours?
Have a FANTASTIC week walking in love with God and your neighbors!!!
You may not realize it but you are hard-wired with joy. God created you and God is total joy. So, you are joy at your very core. You may not feel that joy but that is your fault.
The problem is we let others steal our joy. We live in a world where we hang on what others think about us, talk about us, and do to us. And in the process we let others steal our joy. But it is all our fault because no one can steal your joy unless you let them.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
Are you trying to please people—or God? Trying to please people is a losing battle. You will never do it and your joy will be lost in the process. Living to please God taps into that joy hard-wired into you.
Enjoy the weekend!
No—not more “religious” mumbo-jumbo. Very simply, in a very real way, Jesus was humbly born, lived even more humbly, and in the ultimate act humbly died a terrible death. Why? Simply so your sins—yes, you!—would be forgiven. No matter what you do wrong, acknowledge your faults, give in to Jesus, and you are forgiven. A new day!
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18
Get rid of yesterday and start a new day in Christ. And have a GREAT one!