But how do you actively portray that you are, at the moment, loving?
Here’s my crisis: When I’m at church and the speaker says “let’s just take a moment and love the Lord,” I freeze. I don’t know what to do. How do I actively, in the next moment “love the Lord?” When I look around, people might be clapping or raising their hand or praying, but is that evidence that they are at that point in time actually loving? If that’s the case, what are they doing the rest of their lives when they are not clapping or raising their hands or praying? Do they not love the Lord at those time? Heck, that’s most of the day/week/life for…well…everybody.
When I’m in church and it’s suggested that we “take a moment” or “take the opportunity to love the Lord,” I just stand there. I don’t do anything outwardly in that moment because I love Jesus all day long, at all times without having to clap my hands all day long. That kind of loving is an inner experience, not one that is only in existence if you perform some active outward display. Do you understand what I mean?
It seems to me that if the speaker really wanted to see that we were taking a moment to love the Lord, then the congregation should all leave the building and head off to preach the gospel in various parts of the city. Isn’t that what Jesus told Peter to do as proof of his love?
John 21:17 (New International Version)
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”