Her response to them was,
If you wanted to show you love me you could have eaten the tea I had made you.
As she said it, it reminded me of Jesus’ words
Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching (John 14.23)
and I was suddenly thinking about those words in a new light.
Our girls said they loved Tracey but their actions didn’t match up.
We can say we love Jesus, but doing what he says and prioritizing what is important to him is the way that we express our love for him in the way that he wants.
Tracey had made a nutritious and fairly delicious meal because she loves us and she wants us to be fed, well and healthy. The girls turned their nose up at it and as well as this being hurtful on an emotional level, it shows also a refusal to acknowledge and receive the provision and wisdom of a parent.
When Tracey offers a meal, she doesn’t want us to eat it so that she knows that she is in control or that she is all powerful. She wants us to eat, because she wants us to be well and healthy.
When we say we love Jesus but don’t do as he taught, ultimately we are saying that
We know better than him.
We don’t care as much about what is important to him as we do about what is important to us.
We don’t really fully love him, no matter what we say
Jesus wants us to obey him because he wants us to be well and healthy in the whole of our lives.
Lots of us are going to worship God in churches today. How does God feel about our worship?
Sometimes he feels like this,
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5.23-24)
We think our worship is about our enthusiasm in singing or eloquence in our prayers, but God says that is meaningless if we don’t care about what matters to him. God cares about justice and if we are a part of injustice then our sung love and adorations are empty and worthless.
Do you say you love God?
Jesus said we can show it by obeying him. As we obey him, we acknowledge that he knows best and we receive and can live in his good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives.
In the next verse after telling us to obey his teaching, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit who would be another comforter/counsellor/advocate (John 14.16). The word ‘another’ tells us that the Holy Spirit’s role is to be the person that Jesus had been for the disciples such as to be with, lead, teach and inspire them. The Greek word (the new testament was written in Greek) translated ‘counsellor’ is paraclete and it literally means ‘someone who comes alongside to help’. The Holy Spirit is given to guide us through life, to show us more clearly who God is, to help us see who God made us to be and to inspire equip and help us to become that person.
We should obey Jesus because we love him and because it is good for us and the people around us, but as we obey we don’t do so alone. God’s presence is with us and he will remind us of and help us to understand what Jesus said as well as inspiring, equipping and strengthening us as we obey it.