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Stay in Love with God

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. ~Psalm 105:4

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. ~ Colossians 2:6-7

Ordinance is a strange word to our ears.  But to John Wesley, it was a word that described the practices that kept the relationship between God and humans vital, alive, and growing.  Wesley names public worship of God, the Lord’s Supper, private and family prayer, searching the Scriptures, Bible study, and fasting as essential to a faithful life.  Spiritual disciplines teach us to live our lives in harmony with something larger than ourselves and larger than that which the world values as ultimate.

Living in the presence of and in harmony with the living God who is made known Jesus Christ and companions us in the Holy Spirit is to live life from the inside out.  It is to find our moral direction, our wisdom, our courage, our strength to live faithfully from the One who authored our lives, called us, sustains us, and sends us into the world as witnesses who daily practice the way of living with Jesus.  

Staying in love with God involves prayer, worship, study, and the Lord’s Supper, it also involves feeding the lambs, tending the sheep, and providing for the needs of others (John 21:15-16).  It is impossible to stay in love with God and not desire to see God’s goodness and grace shared with the entire world. It may at times seem easier to be God than to love God. It may be easier to control people than to love people.  We may want to own our life more than loving life.

Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?”  

Pastor Doug