We so often hear, “It’s not about rules and regulations; it’s about relationship, about loving Jesus”
Yes. And no.
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. John 14:21
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19,20
Loving Jesus isn’t only about raising your arms in worship but also about keeping his commands. Wait a minute, you say, I thought you were adamant about not putting Christians under the Law. That’s right! The Lord doesn’t want us under Mosaic Law which was against us (Colossians 2:13-15) but under the “law of the Spirit of life. (Romans 8:1,2)
You can’t be someone’s follower and not do what he says.
Most of us who are called by Jesus’ name are quick to insist, “It’s all about Jesus!” But do we truly believe what he said? Do we truly believe that he meant it for us? Are we doing it?
Are we loving our enemies and blessing them? Or are we dehumanizing them with labels and derision?
Are we storing up treasures in heaven? (Matthew 19:21) Or are we storing them up on the earth where they’ll rot?
Do we really believe Jesus’ statement that adultery is the only reason for divorce? Or are we saying, “God wants me to be happy”? (Matthew 5:32)
These are just a few examples. Following Jesus was never meant to be easy, (freeing yes, burden light…) after all it is a narrow road but it’s The road that leads to life.