All God Wants Me to Do

growing hearts

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."  (John 13:34-35  NIV)

Are there times when you feel that God is asking too much of you?  I know that I have felt that way.  I think of the saying that God never gives us more than we can bear and I wonder, “God are you watching here?”  I wonder what God expects of me.  

I think of all the things I see other folks doing, going to church, being involved in missions and Bible studies.  I see folks doing things for God, and to be honest, sometimes I feel like a failure.  I wonder if God views me as a failure.  Then, I think of this verse.  I realize that God really only asks one thing of me.

“Love one another.”  All He asks of me is that I love.  He does not ask me to do anything I am not capable of doing.  He does not ask that I go to church, though I know He would want me to if I could.  He does not ask me to participate in Bible Studies that I cannot go to, although I know He’d be pleased (and I’d be pleased) if I could.  

He does not ask me to do a single thing other than to love others.  He has given me my mission field, and my mission.  To love.  To simply love each person I come in contact with. 

Uh, oh.   Each person?  I am to show love to each person?  Maybe this is not as easy as it sounds.  But I continue to read “As I have loved you …”   I don’t know about you, but I was not a particularly lovable person before Christ entered my life.  I was selfish and self-centered.  My needs usually came first.  It wasn’t until God allowed me to see others through His eyes that I began to understand.  He loved me as I was, and that love drew me to Him.

So, in spite of being homebound, in spite of pain, in spite of little or no energy or ability to do a lot of things for myself that I used to do, I can still obey His commands.  I can show love to those around me.  And I can do this because He first loved me.

Father God, thank you that your commandment is simple.  It becomes easy to love when I realize it is all you truly ask of me.  I can love because I know Your love.  I can love because I know You.  I can love because I know it is honoring to You to do so.  And during the times I find it difficult to obey this commandment, please help me to remember that You loved me, even before I was born.  You loved me enough to die for me on the cross to make this love possible.  Amen and Amen, So be it, Lord!

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