by Brenda Kuseski
(This excerpt from John Eldredge’s book Beautiful Outlaw continues his discussion of Jesus as the Vine, from whom we draw our life.)
Let me add one last word that will help you in loving Jesus—doing things for God is not the same as loving God.
Jesus loves the poor—so, movements have arisen that makes service to the poor the main thing. Even though Jesus never said that being poor was more noble or even spiritual. The latest craze is justice—so we rush off to the corners of the globe to fight for justice...and often leave Jesus behind. We actually come to think that service for Jesus is friendship with him. That's like a friend who washes your car and cleans your house but never goes anywhere with you—never comes to dinner, never wants to take a walk. But they're a “faithful” friend…though you never talk.
How many children have said, “my dad worked hard to provide for us—but all I ever really wanted was his love”?
Busyness is yet again one more cunning ploy of the religious to keep us from the kind of intimacy with Jesus that will heal our lives…and change the world. We are not meant to merely love his teaching, or his morals, or his kindness, or his social reforms. We are meant to love the man himself, know him intimately; keep this as the first and foremost practice of our lives. It is a fact that people most devoted to the work of the Lord actually spend the least amount of time with him. First things first. Love Jesus. [adapted]
From an anonymous source: “The Bible doesn’t say, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave a list…’”