Hello Church family! Over the past few weeks I have really been focusing on the phrase “What does love require of me,” and I wanted to share that phrase with you and some thoughts behind it.

I was at a conference recently and that question was asked of me, and ever since then I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. The way the speaker answered it was great. He said when asked the question what does love require of me, the simple answer is to simply do what’s best for thee. When I read the words of Jesus in John 13, I can’t help but dwell on the importance of this question and answer. In John 13:34-35 Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus comes on the scene and brings us a new commandment to obey as his followers and it is to love as he loved. So to answer the question what does love require of me, is of upmost important to our lives as followers of Christ.

As I have been wrestling with how to answer this question, God has shown me that I am to be present with those I am with. There is such power in presence, and showing up when people needed it is an amazing way to be the love of Christ. So my challenge for 2019 is to be present. I am going to show up when and where his love is needed, but it doesn’t stop there. When I show up I am going to be present and attentive to their needs and not my own. I want to do what’s best for them in order to show them the same love that Jesus shows all of us. Let’s be intentional in our prayers for the lost, but we don’t stop there. Then we must be intentional with our actions, attitudes, and behaviors. Let’s pursue our community with the gospel. Let’s stand arm and arm, young and old alike, united in one purpose! Praying for and pursuing the lost and helping them fall in love with Jesus! Are you ready to get started, if so pray this prayer, “Send me to where your love is needed!”

Love you guys

C