In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
7 Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. 8 The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. 10 This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.
11 Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.
As John wrote about the relationships God wants Christians to have with one another, he likely remembered where he and Jesus’ other disciples began. They competed with one another for position and recognition, and got angry with each other if one person’s efforts seemed to be gaining the upper hand (cf. Mark 10:35-45). John knew from his own experience that loving others with Jesus’ love doesn’t just spring naturally from warm human feelings. It goes much deeper than just being “nice.” The ultimate source of this kind of active agape love is not us at all, but the eternally loving heart of God. The God of the universe loves us, and that is the reason we are committed to living with one another in love. (We’ve been sharing ideas all week about how you can make that commitment. Click here if you want to check them out.)
Lord Jesus, let the people with whom I come in contact—yes, even the bored store clerk or the annoying neighbor—see you and your love in me. Amen.
We recently took a walk to the creek in our neighborhood. Well, it’s not much of a creek right now because it’s been so dry, so Freddy’s favorite thing to do is to climb right into the creek. Unfortunately, on this particular day he didn’t choose the best footwear, grabbing his flip-flops on the way out of the house. As he was playing in the dirt he asked me, “Can I wear your shoes?” My initial reaction was, “What will I wear if you are wearing my shoes?” His answer? “Mine, of course.” So I squeezed my feet into his shoes, and I understood quite quickly why he wanted to wear mine. His weren’t the most conducive for traipsing around in the dirt.
There’s something incredible about literally putting yourselves in someone else’s shoes. You get to see things, experience things, understand things in a way that you might not otherwise be able to. Jesus came to be with us, put on flesh, lived as we lived, fully human, so that he might be able to experience our humanity, complete with all of our struggles and challenges. He knows what it is to live among us and love us completely.
When he invites us to love one another, we are invited to love as God loving through us-–to choose to enter the world and lives of those around us, doing our best to walk in their shoes and imagine what life might be like for them. While we might not know exactly what it is to experience someone else’s life, it does create a sacred space for empathy and compassion and love to grow. Put on someone else’s shoes for the day, literally or figuratively, and seek to know them and love them like Jesus loves us.
* Click here to hear Gordon Jensen sing “You’re the Only Jesus.”