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Moving Beyond Theory and Wishful Thinking

John 14:21

Let me guess. You are tired of the superficial.

You want to be a force for good in a world of evil—a person of authenticity in a world of hypocrisy. You are weary of witnessing what you see happening around you. You want to be part of the answer, not part of the problem.

There is no question that Jesus expected each of us to shine the light of God’s love among this dark, lost world. We are to spread it abroad and to share the truth that we have been granted. In our homes, schools, workplaces, recreations, and in every other area of our lives, there are ways we can serve others.

That means moving beyond theory and wishful thinking. That means reaching out, taking risks, and doing what Scripture commands.

Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him” (John 14:21).

I’d call that a promise worthy to be claimed.

To be loved by God and to experience the presence of Christ manifested in our lives is to possess a pearl of great price. It is to discover kingdom living while still earthbound. But to attain it, we must obey what Jesus taught us through His Word.

He commands us to love one another in word and in deed.

—Chuck

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