Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we will come and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word you hear is not mine, but the Father who sent me.”-John 14:23-24
To follow Christ should mean something. Too often, it is meaningless label, but when something seizes our affections, it changes us. It begins to shape how we live. When we live according to our beliefs, it begins to bear the fruit in our lives.
Jesus was not telling his disciples, “Listen guys, you need to obey my words and follow my commands and then my Father and I will love you.” Rather, he wanted them to see that a life that has been touched by him is a changed life. People who are touched by his goodness and beauty will keep his word, and it won’t be burdensome. Sometimes, I think we operate from the assumption that we’ve got to do all the crappy things Jesus asks of us in order to get more of him. No. He is telling us that pursuing love, kindness, truth, and justice will flow out of a heart that loves him, and that the Trinity will actually be present with us. We don’t give to get; we give because it is the reality of who we are.
Jesus, so enamor me today with the beauty of your spirit that I have no greater desire than to keep your command to love. Help me to know that you dwell in places of love, justice, and mercy and to be near you, I will place myself there too. Amen.