What do you love?
Maybe a better question is “Who do you love?” Does your mind spin with faces of people? More than likely you hold many people in your heart, as do I. But who holds the first spot in your heart?
Jesus said, “Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” John 12:25-26
How do we, as Christ followers, reach the point where we “care nothing for our life in this world”? What does this even mean? It really comes down to the basic question, “Who do you love?” If we love Jesus over everything else, then we will care more for Him than for the things of this world. We must continue to take care of our bodies, our relationships, our employment, our home etc. Jesus isn’t saying we should neglect these things, He is saying we cannot place these things above Him. How can we tell if we have placed things above Him?
It comes down to our security and our identity.
When we lose a job, do we lose our security? When we have a relationship crumble after trying to save it, do we lose our identity? Jesus must be our life. He is our security and our identity, and we cannot look to other people or other things to satisfy our deepest need.
My grandmother would ask me and my brother all the time, “Who do you love?” The expected answer was always, “You, Grandma.” The question that Jesus asks us is the same, “Who do you love?” Our actions and our lives tell the answer. He has already proclaimed His love for us with His action and His life, which was poured out on the cross. The question is not Jesus’ love for us, the question is our love for Him. Do we love Him or do we love this world? We cannot love both.
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