Such an easy question, really–what does loving Jesus look like? Or is it?
My first answer was “Mother Teresa.” She is the picture of a selfless woman who simply gave herself to the unwanted people in forgotten places in the name of Jesus. What more is there, really?
But then, my mind flooded with a thousand different pictures right here at home: my friends bringing me meals after surgery, the time where I could not wait to go scrub my pregnant friend’s kitchen floor, my pastor laboring to bring about reconciliation, my daughter teaching third graders in the projects of Charlottesville, a brother handing me a $50 bill when I could not feed my family years ago, and the images keep rolling like a movie in front of my eyes.
And every image held a human face, or a hand or feet moving towards other faces, hands and feet. And it was all about the gift of oneself to another. It was about the reaching out and serving.
Loving Jesus looks like loving people–serving them, no matter how costly. Staying up all night with a heart-broken teenager, cooking up a storm for the homeless’ Thanksgiving, making an abused woman feel like a diamond, getting raw knees from praying for the brethren, and texting, and investing into the discarded ones, and looking for ways to soothe the hearts, and touching the lepers, and just being there.
Loving Jesus, it’s restoring human dignity where it’s been lost.
Loving Jesus, it’s being Jesus with skin on to the people who do life alongside us.
Loving Jesus, it’s hanging out with Him so that we smell like Him, and then letting Him fill out hands and hearts and feet with the compassion that He is.
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