Amy had a post up at the Glorious Table this week. Enjoy!
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NIV)
If you are seeking to follow Jesus, then you know our charge is to love: to love our God, and to love his people. When I remember that every human on this planet is created in God’s image, the imago Dei, often it’s only then that my heart burns with love for them.
While it may be easy to talk about loving others, the challenge lies in making daily choices to demonstrate Christ’s love to those with whom we come into contact. Beyond that, we must examine whether we are taking active steps to love those with whom we might not naturally come into contact.
Loving Others in the Daily Routine
If we are living any kind of active life, we come into contact with God’s created people every day. For many of us, these may be individuals who have similar interests: people at our work, our gym, our kids’ schools and activities, our church, our families, our friends and neighbors.
Perhaps we are excellent at loving in ways that come naturally to our personalities. It may be natural to engage in friendly conversation and take an interest in other people’s lives. I might take a meal when someone has a baby or feed a dog when someone is out of town. These acts are wonderful and can point to Jesus, but many who don’t follow him do those things. I believe he called us to something greater.