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DOING THINGS THAT MATTER Part 2

9.17.17

 

Often, we only offer our love when it doesn’t require much effort. We love the things that are easy, but this world needs people who love in face of disagreement, rejection, and even hatred. I wonder what would happen if we had an out-of-control type of love—one without conditions, fears, barriers, qualifiers, or protectors. What if we loved when it wasn’t easy or convenient? What if we loved God and others recklessly?

Ruth 1 shows us a story of reckless and selfless love:  Ruth was determined to stay with Naomi, no matter the cost for her own life.  

Doing nothing is the silent killer of the gospel. It’s sort of like boiling our faith down to reducing sin—we can easily think that not doing certain things make us good and holy…but it’s the opposite! It’s doing something that makes us faithful followers of Jesus!

Luke 14:27

27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

To pick up your cross means that you have to lay something down…your life.  Your ambitions, your desires, your dreams, your hobbies, etc must be laid down so that you can pick up the cross and follow him.  It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  

Paul talks about this to the Ephesian people in chapter 5:8-10

Ephesians 5:8-10

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

The Great Commandment is to love God and love People.  If I don’t love God, I can’t love people the way He wants me to.  If I don’t love people, do I truly love God?

THE POINT: LOVING GOD LEADS ME TO ACTIVELY LOVE OTHERS.

We love when it’s easy, we are good people but seem to go neutral when reckless love is required.

LUKE 10:30-37  Story of the Good Samaritan

The danger for most of us is not that we’ll become bad people who don’t care about things that matter. No the danger is that we’ll become good people who don’t do anything that matters!