I awoke early this morning. The chill from outside had somehow managed to creep in through cracks in my window, and images of cold mornings in Cleveland flashed through my mind. Images of towel filled window cracks and roommates with toboggans adorning unkept hair. Tiresome, frustrating time that seem so sweet to me now. Buried under my blankets, I felt the Lord’s nudging in my spirit. Read 1 John this morning. You read about incredible followers of Christ waking up to the sound of the Lord’s voice telling they they are going to save nations, prophesy, and fight battles. My word from the Lord wasn’t quite so overwhelming, but it was food for my soul. This is what struck me first:
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:15-17)
My cravings. My lust. My desire to have and do. Are these the things I was thinking of when I woke this morning? Perhaps if not this morning, there are other mornings that I wake with anything but God on my heart. You are nothing. But in me you might have everything. The phrase “will of God” is one that I have wrestled with, pondered on, and prayed about for several years now. In my everyday life, God continues to remind me that His will is simply to love. It’s something we talk about over and over from the time we’re young. It is also an action that none of us can ever be perfect at living out. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
This morning, I don’t feel as if I know much of anything. I don’t know who I am, what I want, or where I’m supposed to go. I do know something though. I know that I desire more than anything to live a life of love. I only hope that in spite of my failures that is reflected in the way I live each day. As it goes in one of my favorite songs–
They will know we are Christians by our love. Sometimes, we just need a simple reminder of the things that actually matter.