We’ve covered love frontwards and backward this month but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what not to love.
Don’t love the world’s ways.
Don’t love the world’s goods.
Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.
Practically everything that goes on in the world—Wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father.
It just isolates you from him.
The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out
—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. (1 John 2:15-17, MSG)
“Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God.
Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.
“If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. (Matthew 10:34-39, MSG)
So there you have it. It’s Jesus first all the way, no more and no less.
Prayer-Father forgive us for what we traipse after in the world, instead of running toward you with all the love we can muster. Help us in Christ. Amen.