Active Love

Aw, that’s too bad. Sorry to hear it.

How many times have I heard that before? How many times have I heard myself saying it? I’m not going to let this turn into a bitch session, I’m not going to let this turn into a bitch session…..Not everybody is called to minister to the lepers. Some are called to wash clothes, cook meals, listen to a story or hold a child.

Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.   Matthew 27:55

Scholars agree that there was a significant group of women disciples who, perhaps, did not spend the bulk of their time healing the sick and raising the dead. They cared for the needs of the Teacher and, no doubt, the other disciples. They probably had some children in tow. I’m sure the men did their share of the work, but the bottom line is this: after the feeding of the five thousand, there were some dishes to wash. I doubt that they did much complaining. After all, hanging out with the Son of God, watching Him change the world and accepting His offer to share in the joy of it, was ample reward. There were hard times. Sometimes He said and did things that were difficult for them to accept. Sometimes they were mocked for their decision to follow Him around like they did. I’m sure that there were times when they wondered where they were going to sleep that night.

Love requires action.

Don’t feel sorry for the couple who just had their third child and are in desperate need of a date night. Offer to watch their kids for a few hours this Friday night. Get to know the old man in the wheel chair, smoking cigarettes on the church’s back porch during service every week. Trust me, God will forgive you if you miss worship to make a friend. Mow your neighbor’s yard. Dress up like Santa and sit in your front yard the week before Christmas. I really knew a guy and his wife who did that every year. It was the sweetest thing you ever saw. Weird, you say? So, he’s strange but we’ll take our kids around on Halloween to eat candy handed out by who-knows-who? Get creative, have fun. Yes, serving God and having fun can happen at the same time. If it’s a drag, don’t do it. Loving is a good thing. Caring for each other is a good thing.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!    Psalm 133:1

Look at the exclamation point at the end of this verse. This was a very enthusiastic statement. And why not? We were designed for relationship, we can’t live without it. Everybody wants signs and wonders, everybody wants a miracle. Everybody wants to see God and there’s nothing wrong with that. But we won’t see God until we can see each other.

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