30th June 2020
“Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.”
1 John 4:19 (TPT)
It seems that over the last 4 months of isolation, a few extra kilograms have made their way into some of our homes...I see many people now, as gyms are opening, taking the plunge to getting back to their healthy weight, starting that exercise regime they had been putting off. Many are using this as a time to start well, much like a New Year's resolution of sorts. For all our gym junkie friends out there, this season hasn't really interrupted them because they have been creative in finding ways to keep fit - home gyms, zoom fitness classes and walks with friends. It is not unlike our faith. During this time of isolation where we have been able to sit at home and enjoy church each week from our couch, or receive a great devotional thought in our inbox, it can be an opportunity for us to become...fat. Fat in the good things of God. Oh yes, we are encouraged, we are strengthened, we are excited, we are inspired, but unless we share these things with others, we simply become fat Christians, feeding off the good things that have come into our homes. As today's Scripture reminds us, our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us. How can we hold in the excitement of what God has shown us? How can we not share the hope and love that Jesus is to us? We could use this season of isolation as an excuse to not be able to reach out, not be able to share the good news, not be able to serve our community...Or we could use it as the perfect opportunity to open our homes to our neighbours, invite our workmates to watch a Sunday service with us and have that lengthy discussion of faith and hope in uncertain times with those who are struggling around us. I encourage you today, don't just use this season to sit and get 'fat', but use it to think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). There is a world in need of the good news of Jesus and this season of uncertain times does not diminish that need, but rather accentuates it to us. Use today to show your response to the love you have received from God and love, serve and share with those around you.