Do you really love Jesus?

Do you really love Jesus?

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If you read today’s post-resurrection story (link above), you know Peter’s feelings are more than a little bit hurt when Jesus persistently asks him “Peter, do you love me? Do you really love me? Are you sure you love me?” To which Peter finally responds “Yes Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!”

To which Jesus persistently replies: feed my sheep.

How would many of us respond if Jesus questioned our love for him? “Yes Lord, you know I love you! I attended worship three times this month, and Bible Study twice! Yes I love you, I was listening to the Christian radio station on my way to work this morning! Yes I love you! Didn’t you see that picture of you I posted on Facebook this morning that said ‘share if you love Jesus’?

To which Jesus persistently replies: feed my sheep.

Love and service to others is at the heart of being a follower of Jesus. Our love for our Lord cannot be separated from our love for neighbor. If actions indeed speak louder than words, Jesus tells us what actions indicate love for him: loving and serving others.

This doesn’t mean we have to volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter every day (although it’s awesome to do when and if we have the chance!). It doesn’t mean that we can’t love Jesus by praying alone or reading the Bible. It doesn’t mean those feel good moments when you get caught up in singing a  hymn aren’t true devotion. It doesn’t mean that we have been redeemed simply to feel good about ourselves and our relationship with Jesus.

It does mean that we are doing the work of Christ every time we do charitable deeds for our neighbor, even when that means providing a non-judging, empathetic listening ear. It does mean that our faith informs our daily living, inviting us to see those around us as God’s flock. It means that we have been redeemed to care for others.

At the end of the day, our love for Jesus is a response to his call to “follow him” as he works on behalf of those in need in the world. Do you love Jesus? Feed his sheep.

What is one simple way you might be able to do this today?

 

 

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