Two mothers were having a conversation about their children one day. “How do you get Marvin up so early on school mornings?” one of the mothers asked. “Oh, that’s easy, I just throw the cat on his bed.” “Well, why does that wake him up?” she asked again. Marvin’s mom replied, “He sleeps with the dog!”
“Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Romans 13:10-11
Wake up and love. Wake up and love the Lord our God! That sounds a whole lot better than what might really be the case. Like, quit being so selfish, or quit being so angry and unforgiving, or quit being so rebellious and love the Lord. What does loving the Lord look like?
John 14:15: “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
Well, it definitely is not sprawled out on the couch, literally or figuratively. Loving the Lord looks like obedience to His Word. Loving the Lord looks like honoring Him with our words, our work, our thoughts, our actions, and in our relationships.
Wake up and love. Wake up and love your neighbor! Again, that sounds a whole lot nicer than what might really be going on here. Like, quit loving yourself or putting yourself before everyone else. Sure, the world does it that way most of the time, but that is one of the changes in our lives that should come if we know Christ.
The Great Commandment includes this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt. 22:38.
Loving our neighbor means sacrificing some of my needs and wants in order to take care of our neighbor’s needs. What has got you so comfortable that you can’t wake up and see who you need to love and how you need to love? Pray about it and don’t blame the cat, it’s time to wake up.