The Sum of Our Faith
What does it look like to love God with your life? Jesus gives us some insights in Matthew 22:37-40. In this text, He sums up the commands in these verses by telling us to, (1) Love God and (2) Love others. Jesus simplifies things for us in such a beautiful way: The measure of maturity in the Christian faith is the degree in which we love others.
It is out of our love for God that we leverage our lives for others. We often think that maturity is the collection of knowledge, but what good is all your knowledge if you are not seeking to apply it? What you do with your knowledge is what displays the level of commitment to your faith. We demonstrate our devotion to our God through the ministry of loving others in and through the local church.
One of the common things people believe in the church today is that they can love others through one aspect of their life and not another. Some think they do not need to love others through their generosity—that they can love others solely through their time-spent serving. Why is this thought-process wrong? This way of thinking means there is an area of a person’s life that is not surrendered to Christ. There is an area where a person is not willing to love others, namely finances. Jesus never wants a piece of our lives—He is always after all of our heart and devotion.
The picture of a healthy believer is one that aims to love God through loving others in every aspect of their life. They seek to love God through serving others with their time and talents AND they seek to love God through loving others practically with their financial resources. This is the litmus test for a person who loves the Lord—open-handed living towards God to be a blessing to others. You know God is at work within you when you are willing to lay down your life for the gain and blessing of others. May the church today be filled with such saints for the glory of Jesus Christ and joy of all people. Amen.
Question for reflection – What are some ways you can love others through your finances?