I went to a class tonight and the teacher, Ron VanderGriend, was explaining that the true goal that we as Christians are working toward is love. It seems so simple but our nature makes it so hard. When we can escape the pit of living for ourselves and run towards the goal of loving others, we will meet God there. Thats what it is all about. Meeting God. Knowing God. It isn’t what we do, but who we know, and the only way to know Him, is love. The greatest lie that Christians believe is that we are somehow better than someone else when the truth is that we are just as wounded and broken as anyone. This self delusion of ones self leads to false feelings of superiority which leads to unbelievers number one complaint about Christians… hypocrisy. And they are right. But if love is our goal and ultimately knowing God, then true honesty about ourselves is vital. We are loving each other when we are honest with each other. When our faults and sin are in the open, we can form relationships based in honesty, which can lead to real community. Real community is full of love and will lead us to a fuller knowledge of God and His will for our lives.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40