This week I shared the second message in our series, Vision for the Journey. In it we looked at the first half of what has come to be known as The Great Commandment:
“Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...”
So, what does this verse have to do with the vision for Journey Church?
When we talk about the word “church”, there are actually a number of things that it means. I gave definitions and explanations for all or them in a blog post last week. Among those definitions are the individual people that are part of a local church. This week’s message spoke to how this verse serves as a guide to the people who are part of Journey Church.
Do you love God?
Most people in any local church, and a great many people not part of a local church, if asked, would say that they love God. That’s great! But, are they living lives that SHOW that they love God? In order to live this out, we have to ask ourselves, “Is my life DISPLAYING what I’m SAYING about my love for God?” That’s a tough question, if we are honest. Here are some areas where this can be played out in our daily lives.
Regular Church attendance - I’ll be sharing more about why I believe this matters in a few days.
Are you displayin’ what your sayin’
When you look at the list about, could you honestly say that you are honoring God in all of these areas? Truth is none of could say that we do it perfectly. Nor are we ever going to. We are human and we fail. Paul wrote, “For all have failed, and fall short of the glory of God.” For most of my life I thought is said FALLEN short, indicating that it was something we had done in the past. However, it’s not past tense, it’s in the present. We STILL fall short. So, I’m not asking you to be perfect.
Imperfect love is still love
Since there is no way for us to perfectly live out our love for God, should we ever try. YES!! In fact, it is in the effort that our love is truly displayed. People around you will have much more respect for you if you try to live a life that honors God, but stumble; than if you pretend to be perfect.
Truth is an imperfect love, lived out imperfectly is still better than a spoken love that is not lived out at all. So, when you stumble, don’t give up, but ask yourself often, “Is my life DISPLAYIN’ what I’m SAYIN’ about my love for God?”