Happy belated Mother’s Day! I had the privilege of being with my Mom last Sunday, which doesn’t always happen because we live in different states. Observing Mother’s Day gives all of us the chance to reflect on the influence their love and guidance has played in our lives. I don’t know about you, but when I think about how someone has loved me, it prompts me to consider if I am loving those around me with that same kind of selfless love.
I always find myself drawn to Matthew 25, the passage where Jesus reminds us that loving those around us is the way we show our love for him. Am I acting in loving ways toward the poor? Toward the sick? Toward prisoners? Toward strangers? If I have to admit I’ve acted in ways that are less than loving, then I have to ask myself if I really love Jesus, or if I’m really not interested in the kind of sacrificial love Jesus is calling me to demonstrate.
It’s so easy to get all wrapped up in our own lives and interests, and forget that there are people all around us who are experiencing many challenges. It’s also easy to dismiss the troubles others are experiencing as “their own fault”, not realizing that we ourselves, but for the grace of God, might find ourselves in very similar situations at some point in our lives.
Despite these very normal and human ways of living our lives, could I suggest that this summer, we actively look for ways to show Matthew 25 love to those around us? We have been shown much love by God, and we’ve also experienced unconditional love from family and close friends. Now let’s spread the love! Acts of love, big and small, will show a watching world that we love Jesus, and Jesus loves them.
Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” I want that to be true of me, and I hope you want that for yourself as well. Have a great summer!
Yours in Christ,