John Piper asks: “If you could have heaven with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, … could you be satisfied with heaven without Christ?”
Ponder: Is our love and obedience towards Jesus is only a fear of hell or desire for painless heaven?
Love is certainly spelled as t-i-m-e.
When you are truly in love with a person, there’s no extend that you won’t go for that person. No cost is too much. No gift is too big. Walking in the rain is romantic, not annoying. Staying up late despite tomorrow’s early morning schedule is still ok.
And when you are apart, you miss each other terribly. You are always thinking of them, possibly texting them about how much you miss them. You wait to get back for an opportunity to be with them again.
Now in that light, please think about this. Have you ever been really in love with Jesus?
Jesus also reminds us that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.
If you are actually in love with Jesus, heaven & hell won’t matter than being with the lover of your soul – Jesus!
This post is not to condemn you but a gentle reminder.
Yet I hope this will convict your heart of any lukewarmness.
If you are motivated by the consequences more than the pleasure of obeying and loving Jesus, then you have not loved Jesus at all.
Let’s remember the words of Jesus:
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.
As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.
Abide in My love.” (John 15:7-9)
So with that said, now ponder; are you really in love with Jesus?
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