John 14:2 (NIV1984)
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
John 14:21 (AMP)
The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
“Yes, Father, I’ll go.”
Who knows if there were actual words spoken regarding Jesus’ leaving magnificent heaven to live for a while on flawed earth? Relating it to human terms: it must have been some kind of culture shock!
Talk about obedience.
Can we come anywhere near His example?
This is the second week of our goal to love God with our whole heart. As this week’s verse states: those who obey God are the ones who really love Him. Is that a bit sobering to you? It is to me.
Face it. If God is determining my depth of love for Him by the level of my obedience to Him, how does my love for God measure up? (Not to mention the fact that He deserves my love and obedience.)
It’s easy to say I love Him, but do my choices prove my devotion to Him? What kind of relationship do I want with God?
Which brings us back to this week’s verse. Did you notice the last section? If we purposely strive to obey Him, He says He will show Himself (make Himself real) to us.
Can you imagine Jesus making Himself real to you?
Let’s pray that for each other!
And as we walk in faith, attempting to obey him, His power is unleashed in us allowing us to accomplish these weekly goals.
What do you think?
• During this season before Easter (Lent), do you want a closer relationship with God?
• What one change are you willing to make in your life to become more obedient to God? (God knows you cannot do this on your own. If you ask Him, He will help you change)
The last post “A Goal That God Has Gotta Love” elicited some interesting comments. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I look forward to hearing what you have to say this week as we continue with our goals.