“Could it really be that simple?” I thought as I read “The Shack”*. Jesus had just told the main character that the expectations put on us as believers in this world are not from God – that all we need to do is to love without agenda. Love. Just love. Love God. Love people.
What a freeing thought! It bears up to thorough scrutiny, too, aligning with what God’s Word tells us to do and with all that Jesus taught. To love is to accomplish everything else that God wants from us: bringing others to Him in relationship, helping people in need, maintaining and thriving in relationship to other people, knowing and enjoying closeness with our Creator, having fulfillment and purpose in this life, and more. God is love. He’s relational. Interacting and relating are what He’s all about. After all, He created people to have relationship with them, to interact, to love them and be loved by them… by us.
Whatever you’re about today, however long your task list, however heavy the load of guilt that you’ve piled upon yourself as you try and be a “good Christian”, let it go and just love.
I am remembering a song my parents taught me as a child
Tell me, Mimi, do you love Jesus?
Oh yes I love Jesus….
Tell me why do you love Jesus?
Because He first loved me.
*The Shack, by William P. Young