Summary: Eamaining our love for Jeus Christ
Do You Really Love Jesus?
I would like to begin with a question…. “Do You Love Jesus”??? I am not surprised that you would say yes. But I want to go a bit farther and really examine this subject:
1. Does your life show that you love Jesus?
2. Do your actions prove your love for Jesus?
3. Are the choices that you make based on your love for Jesus?
4. Would others testify of your love for Jesus?
When at the funeral home I tend to listen to what is being said about the deceased. Here are some of the descriptions people will use about their loved ones:
o “Boy, He sure loved the Crimson Tide”
o “His passion was fishing & hunting”
o “She sure loved to cook”
o He was dedicated to his career"
o “He was a good man”… “she was a good woman”
o “Shopping was her life”
o “He was a great friend”
o “She sure loved her church”
When I die it is not my goal for people to say “He was a good preacher or a loving Father” Now those things are nice but ultimately I want people to say “that ol boy right there …HE SURE LOVED JESUS”!!! What about you? When you are not around, do people say “He/she sure loves the Lord”? Better yet what does the Lord have to say about your love for Him?I submit to you that the Word of God says that many of you don’t love Him at all!
Throughout His Word God confronts His people and addresses their inconsistent actions toward Him. - Malachi 1:6 The Lord says…“A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have shown contempt for my name! “But you ask, ‘How have we ever shown contempt for your name?’7 “You have shown contempt by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar. “Then you ask, ‘How have we defiled the sacrifices? ’ “You defile them by saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect.8 When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn’t that wrong? And isn’t it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!” says The Lord of hosts”
o If you were as devoted to your job as you are to Jesus would you still be employed?
o If you were as faithful to your wife/husband as you are to Jesus would you still be married?
o If you paid your bills like you pay your tithes would you have food, a vehicle or a home?
o If you were as obedient to the secular law as you are to God’s commands would you be free or behind bars?
I want to consider these things for a little while and ask the question “Do You Really Love Jesus”? Understand this: Jesus will not be persuaded by your words alone. He can see directly into your heart. Jesus has prophesied that the disciples would be scattered, but Peter professed (WITH HIS MOUTH) that he would never leave Jesus - Mark 14:29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”