This week’s question and answer for the 2s and 3s in Sunday school yesterday was How can we glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands. Once again I’m struck by the simple reminder that I’m called to respond to the gospel as I hear it and not just with mental acknowledgement, but with physical action. So many of us who enjoy the blessings and security of a loving God are easily lulled into forgetting that it calls for demonstration, by us, to a watching world. It is the demonstration of Christian love to one another that Jesus says will witness to the world. It is the demonstration of obedience that Jesus tells His disciples will show Him that they love Him. “If you love me, keep my commands.”
It is easy to talk about love. It is easier to talk about almost anything than to DO it. So when we are confronted with a version of dialog that has a form of religious sounding language but is really justifying sin in order not to “offend” we must put love into action by calling for renewed obedience regardless of the cultural discomfort with the truth.
In being called to live out our faith in this way we should find ourselves looking for, and being faced with, challenging opportunities to share the gospel in word and deed. May God be present with you today, showing you His love that you may show a loveless and lonely world.