I stopped at a convenience store today to get some bottles of water. As I walked to the back of the store to retrieve them from the cooler, I inadvertently walked up to a man praying. The store was tiny, so his ability to be discreet was insufficient. He was facing Mecca, and he was on his prayer mat. That's right, he is a worshipper of Islam.
John 1:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:...
Now I am a worshipper of Jesus Christ. No, I am not trying to start an argument here. I only want to make a point. Everyone worships something or someone. As you go about your day today, look around. Some people worship fashion. There are those who worship food. Some worship power while others worship themselves. How some people worship their chosen, "god" can be very offensive while others go practically unnoticed.
Jesus called for us to love one another. Why? Because He wanted our worship to be recognizable by everyone else. In others words, our worship rooted in love would stand out from all the rest.
Usually, at this point, someone wants to point out to me how the followers of Jesus have miserably failed at this. This is followed by a laundry list of offenses that are usually based in more fiction than fact. So let's get a couple of things clear.
- Love is defined by Jesus. We follow His lead.
- Judgment belongs to Jesus. We trust Him to take care of that for us.
- We should be more concerned about what we are doing today than someone else's failures yesterday, last week or 1,500 years ago.
How you worship Christ today will show up in how you treat the rest of humanity. No, you're not going to be perfect at it. But you can do your best, with God's help.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to honor you with my actions today. AMEN