The older John gets, the simpler his message becomes— love. “And this is love; that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6.
Then John asks his readers to be careful not to treat Jesus as theory, but to recognize the reality of his physical presence. This has significance for me today. If I fail to recognize Jesus’s presence, I fail to recognize the love of God that wins over everything, past, present and future.
Which brings me to Ezekiel living in a time of judgement and destruction. Why did God roll out such ruthless measures? Because He was calling into account all that which opposed His love.
And somehow I think that is what happens in our lives…all that is not love will have to go. Through the grace I find in Jesus, God comes and takes over more and more of who I am. Everyday I am learning what it means to trust the reality of the presence of Christ in new ways. Thankfully, God is not content to leave me as I am; everyday, He wants my life to be increasingly more about his love.
The transformation is not instantaneous. From my viewpoint, it is slow and at times, painful, but when I look back I can see the steady, patient hand of God at work. The funny thing is that I can see how God has accomplished this in some of the most unexpected ways. I think that Ezekiel would agree that God is the God of surprises. There is no predicting what comes next.
All that is not true, all that is not love, has got to go. So Lord, do your work in my life today, however You choose. Amen.