The Message (MSG)
22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
Becoming a Christian is a full time journey. We need to read our Bibles. Spread the Gospel to everyone. Follow the laws of the land. Go to church. Be who Christ designed us to be. Listen to God. Wait on God. Move when the Holy Spirit directs. Lead by example. Apply the Word of God to our lives. Work out our salvation. Help the poor. Have compassion. Don’t lie, steal or cheat. I could go on and on with things and it would soon be so overwhelming no one would want to follow after Jesus. How about making it so simple that it would not seem like such a chore?
Love. Simple and to the point, love. Period, that is the one thing we need to be a Christian and this stems right back to God. He loved us so much He gave us His only Son. Because of LOVE we exist. Because of LOVE we find compassion for others. Because of LOVE we want to share the Gospel. Do you get what I mean? God is LOVE and His only desire is to LOVE. We will read the Bible because we want to experience His LOVE. We will have a desire to be more like Jesus because we want others to experience LOVE.
There is that old song that says it’s love that makes the world go round, well it’s love that created this world. If we could all only grasp that being Christian simply takes only one ingredient LOVE, we could change this whole world for Jesus. I encourage us all to become revived. Fall in love with Jesus everyday. Be filled with a desire to LOVE others even those who seem unlovable. If we all take one big giant step of faith right now and stretch our arms open wide and proclaim into the heaven’s that we are loved, then perhaps today we could make a difference.