Love Me More Than These?   1 comment

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Above:  St. Peter, by Andrea Vanni

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Jno. 21, 15

1.  To love Christ–God–is the highest privilege and the supreme duty of man.  God commands it.   [There is] no higher experience than this.

2.  But He will not have the second place.  Religion is the autocrat of the heart.  Where many things strive for the ascendancy He asks us which we love best.

(a)  He asks the businessman, “Do you love Me more than your business?  Which is first, your money or Me?”  How business sometimes rivals God in the hearts of men!

(b)  “You lovers of pleasure, which do you love most?  Which is your greatest ambition, receiving your greatest concern?  Does this life of pleasure crowd out the thought of Me?”

(c)  “You who are so much concerned about politics, do you forget Me, or neglect the church, your Bible, and prayer for political affairs?  Have you lost some of your former interest  in religion?”

3.  When anything drives or keeps Him out, it is one’s idol, his god.  There is a lot of practical idolatry in the church even, and more outside even in Christian lands.

4.  If we love Him He demands spiritual service, concern for the sheep of his fold.  Prove your love by a spiritual life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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