Will Do!

All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient. Exodus 24:7

Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50

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Z-Gauge Model RR | Tomball RR Depot | March 2019

A favorite imagined conversation between Jesus and a Lutheran goes like this…

  • Jesus: Love your neighbor.
  • Lutheran: O, Lord Jesus! Please forgive me. I know I should love my neighbor, and I’ve failed to do so. I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me.
  • Jesus: I know that. I forgive you. Love your neighbor.
  • Lutheran: O, Lord Jesus! I know I’m forgiven, but I don’t want to try to do something to gain your favor. I know I can’t earn my salvation.
  • Jesus: I know that. You are forgiven. Love your neighbor.
  • Lutheran: O, Lord Jesus! I know I should love my neighbor. But I know I’ll never do it perfectly.
  • Jesus: I know that. I forgive you. Love your neighbor.

Sometimes it comes down simply to doing the thing we’re supposed to do. We may fail. We may struggle with motives. We might not do it perfectly. But we must obey God’s word. Not in order to be saved. Not to gain a better place in God’s heart. Not more concerned with doing it perfectly than about doing it.

A better conversation between Jesus and a Lutheran – or any other follower of Jesus – would go like this:

  • Jesus: Love your neighbor.
  • Follower: Yes, Lord. I do love my neighbor…because I know you love him.
  • Jesus: Indeed, I do. I love you too.
  • Follower: Yes, Lord, I’m so thankful that you love me. And I love you.
  • Jesus: I delight in your love for me. Love your neighbor. If you love me, you will love your neighbor.
  • Follower: Thank you Jesus. Please keep loving me!
  • Jesus: I will. I’ll never stop. You can count on it.

Yes. We can count on it. That also means he will never call us to do anything that would bring us harm. You can count on that. Thanks be to God!

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