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We were created in His image; to worship the God of the universe and to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Mark 12:31)
But so many times THINGS get in the way and we get this all turned around. We love our THINGS so much so that we take them everywhere we go. We can’t live without them.
A good example is the cell phone. There really was a time in life that we lived without this small electronic gadget…and survived.
Today is an entirely different story. We rise in the morning and it is either the first thing we unplug from the charger or the first we plug into, if the iPad was charging through the night. We carry it with us all throughout the day, take it with us to lunch and dinner, keep it close by in our pocket or purse and then back to bed with us at night.
Is the cell phone sinful? Of course not. But we sure do love it; we cannot do without it!
If we know that they can help get us a raise or promotion? If perhaps they are IMPORTANT, RICH or WELL-KNOWN?
Yes, we all do it even if it is subtle, we are guilty.
But Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them treat you…
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you. If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.” Luke 6:31-34 NLT.
Wow. We pat ourselves on the back for loving, for being compassionate to those we know will give us something in return…even if it is just RECOGNITION.
Jesus was clear that even sinners love those who will love them back. Even sinners will do something nice for someone that will repay them in some way.
Let us be careful today to get these in the right order:
Lord, help us to love even when, especially when, it doesn’t benefit me.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 NIV.