August 14, 2019
We choose love. Seems simple, right?
Not so fast. To me it seems everyone likes to talk about love like it’s an easy thing to do. Well, if you look at the way our world is going these days it’s pretty obvious love doesn’t rule the day in more ways than I care to count. But that doesn’t have to be the case. We all have a choice to make each and every day. Choose love or choose meanness. Choose love or choose lies. Choose love or choose gossip. Choose love or...you get it. Our choice, as Christians, shouldn’t be based on simply a choice but instead a directive. Our choice should be to love each and everyday.
As Christians we have two major rules of “engagement” when it comes to choosing love. In Matthew, Christ is discussing the commandments for believers. While discussing He points out the two greatest. The word says, “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ ‘The most important one.’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31. Wouldn’t you say these are pretty clear? But why is it so hard sometimes? Simply, we are humans and often times make choices with our self-interest in mind instead of the best interest of others...it’s called sin. So what can we, as a community of believers, do about it?
Our year verse comes from 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.” This year I’m asking myself and the rest of our Conway Christian community to choose love simply because God showed us the most compelling, raw, unwavering love of all when he died on the cross for each one of us. He took on the foolishness of self-righteous sin. If we believe, then love should pour out of us and into our actions and relationships with others. We must not choose love because the world says it or because it’s a catchy theme for a school year, we should choose love because we have a personal conviction to live according to God’s will. When we, collectively, make this choice we have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the world around us.
Conway Christian is a light in our community, that I have no doubt. However, I’m convinced the more we love each other, and our neighbors, the brighter our light (His light) can shine! As we begin the 2019-2020 school year let’s make our light so bright it can be seen from far and wide all for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Welcome back to school and much love!