A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:25-27
So today I drove down to Ashland, Va in anticipation of driving to Blackstone tomorrow for the Virginia Conference Lay Speaker Academy. While I was in the car was listening to the Washington D.C. local Christian radio station I heard a commercial type thing for a christian organization. The introduction was a guy saying how he noticed that older couples who had been together for a long time had begun to look like each other. As soon as I heard this statement I almost immediately knew where he was going with this opening statement.So often we wonder what it means to be like Jesus or look like him. What if it was as simple as just loving him and spending time with him. What does this love mean. That is what I find in this passage. We can see the change of looking like God in this passage. When we love the Lord your God with all your heart, being, strength, and mind we change.
I remember when I was at church camp one summer at Camp Cowan in Cowan, WV this passage from Luke was the Bible verse. The speaker that night talked about the change that would happen when we gave ourselves to God and let him into our lives. At this point in my life i had been in a struggle with my faith, or at least where i stood in my faith. After hearing this I decided that I would rededicate my life to christ and take up this call to love God. As I look back on it I see that undertaking of loving God as a chance to become more like him.Its true that it often does take time to begin to look like the one you love, but even just accepting the call to love is enough to begin the process. So lets think about the love we actually have for God and if we really do reflect that love in our everyday lives.