Can we talk a moment about what it means to take seriously the teachings of Jesus?
It means that when we see another human being, we see someone who is made in the image of God-this includes the refugee and the immigrant from over the border, the homeless or the imprisoned.
Taking Jesus seriously means that those who wield power give a voice to those who have not had a voice-the silenced women in much of the church, the unborn who are crying out for the chance to live, the sexually abused children under the care of men who say they speak for God, and those who have lived under racism’s suffocating hand.
Taking Jesus seriously means loving our neighbor as ourselves, which implies that we love who God made us to be and share that love with the person next to us-rejecting body-shaming, comparison-driven culture that celebrates conformity instead of the creative genius in God.
Taking Jesus seriously means that we lift up the shamed and the broken- embracing the poor, the orphan, and the widow.
We must stop spouting ideals that are merely that- thoughts in our head with no real-world impact. When the Bible tells us to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, it’s reminding us that love is not just an idea or a feeling. It is with our strength too.
When we put action to the teachings of Jesus, when we respond to who He is in us, we embody Christ. We become the hands and feet of the Savior of the world. His kingdom coming to earth is a real thing, not an abstract concept and He has chosen for us to participate with Him in His freedom mission!
Let’s let our hearts be broken with what breaks his, our hands reaching as he reaches through us, and our purpose be to take Jesus seriously.