Everything in our lives, who we are, what we do needs to point back to Jesus. Does what we do with our jobs, our time, our money show/reflect who Jesus is? How about our actions…do people feel drained or encouraged by our words and what we do? Or are we trying to gain things- attention, money, material possessions for ourselves? Do we really care about other people more than ourselves? Do we really live to love and serve God and others or are we so busy with life that we don’t prioritize loving God and others. What kind of spiritual fruit do our lives show? Do we try to use the gifts/talents God has given us to glorify Jesus or do we just let them go to waste? Of course we have to do laundry, dishes, prepare food, go to work, help the kids with their homework, etc., but do we take time to read God’s word, and listen to His voice? Believe me, I know life gets crazy! I feel like I live in a circus at times. Do we try to take the time to show other people that we care about them, to let them know that they matter, to us and to God? It doesn’t have to be some big, huge gesture. Maybe it’s just sending someone a song telling them you’re thinking of them. Maybe it’s telling someone you are praying for them and actually praying for them. Maybe it’s giving some hand-me-down clothes to someone. Maybe it’s making a meal for someone who is sick. Maybe it’s sending someone a card to encourage them. Maybe it’s sending a veteran some homemade cookies. Maybe it’s texting someone and letting them know you’ve experienced what they are going through and that they can reach out to you if they need to talk and actually mean it. None of these things are big things and anyone could do them if they are willing to. This world has lots of hurting people. We can allow the Holy Spirit to work through us to reflect Jesus’ love to them, not because we are special/important, but because He is. No one is perfect…I definitely don’t have it all together. Life feels like a juggling act to me most of the time! We all have different gifts/talents/abilities that God has given us to use, however. When we simply use those gifts to love others and serve God, the light of His glory shines brightly. He is like the sun and we need to be like the moon. We are mirrors/reflections of Him. And He is Love. Love that this world so desperately needs. All we have to do is be willing to use the resources He has given us. Gifts that belong to Him anyway. He’ll take care of everything else.
37Jesus declared, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’