There’s no getting around it… Love for God and love for Jesus (His Son and our Savior) are directly tied to obedience! Something is terribly awry – misunderstood or goofy – if someone says that they love the Lord and claims to be a follower of Jesus and then lives a life that is contradictory to His teaching and values!
This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I was reminded of that truth in a passage of Scripture where Jesus emphasizes that principle three times (no, more than that, four times)! (And anything repeated that many times in one short passage ought to capture our attention and ought to emphasize its importance to us!)
Here’s the passage…
“IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDS. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth… He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you… WHOEVER HAS MY COMMANDS AND KEEPS THEM IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” … Jesus replied, “ANYONE WHO LOVES ME WILL OBEY MY TEACHING. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT LOVE ME WILL NOT OBEY MY TEACHING. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. (From John 14:15–24 NIV)
Seems to me I remember something my Dad would periodically say to me as a child… “Son, how many times have I told you…!” I don’t want to be like that with the Lord! I love Him for all He’s done for me! I love Him for who He is! I want this principle to be deeply embedded in my heart – love for the Lord and obedience are linked! I want to show Him how much I love Him by my obedience to His teaching, His expectations, and His desires! My Heavenly Father and my Savior should be able to expect nothing less, don’t you think?