As we explore the meaning of agape love – God’s eternal and sacrificial affection for us – we now turn to how Christians express their love for God.
The preacher’s hard-hitting words challenged the congregation to step up their Christian walk in a recent sermon at Egypt’s Kasr El Dobarah Evangelical Church, aired on SAT-7. Rev. Sameh Maurice told the audience what Jesus asks from His disciples:
Jesus said, ‘Follow me.’ That means we put our feet in the place where his feet were. This is an invitation to everyone. The invitation was ‘Believe in me,’ right? No. What was the invitation? ‘Follow me.’ A disciple does what Jesus does. That’s the difference between the disciple and the masses.”
True love for God requires obedience. It’s easy to get caught up in a set of behaviors and start to think of them as what constitutes Christianity. Rev. Maurice mentions several such behaviors that, while they can be positive, do not necessarily lead to salvation:
- Just believe.
- Act excited and spread Christian propaganda.
- Do good things and be nice to people.
- Follow your feelings.
- Listen to God, then do what you want.
Some of them are so ingrained in modern culture, they could even be billboard slogans. But without obedience and nearness to Christ, they don’t point to God’s glory. As millions watched the sermon on TV and online, Rev. Maurice encouraged them, “Ask, what would Jesus do if He were in my place? And do that. Follow in His steps. Be near Him. Listen to Him. Look at Him. Imitate Him…don’t deviate! Love Him. Cleave to him.”
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