John Wesley longed for the people who called themselves Methodist to practice three Rules in our everyday lives. He believed if we made these Rules central to our lives people would catch a glimpse of Jesus. The last couple of weeks we have looked at the first two of the Rules: Do No Harm and Do Good. I believe many of us might have learned the truth; these Rules are Simple But Not Easy.
This week, we are looking at the third Rule, Stay In Love With God. Actually, Mr. Wesley worded this Rule differently. He said, “Attend upon the ordinances of God,” but Bishop Rueben Job’s version is friendlier to present-day ears: Stay In love with God. This Rule, although it is the third one, to me, is the most important of all. You see, I have come to believe that living the first two Rules depends upon our living by this Rule.
This is what I think Paul had in mind when he wrote to the Roman Church, “God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you…Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it…Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.” (Romans 12, The Message) Staying in love with God comes from the center of who we are. Staying in love with God is how we keep from burning out. It is how we keep ourselves “fueled and aflame.”
When we love someone, we are intentional about our relationship with the one we love. We talk. We eat together. We learn about the other. We sacrifice for that person. We celebrate their good. We are energized by being with that person. We work at the relationship, but the work doesn’t feel like work. So, what does that look like when it comes to our love of God? What does it mean to say, “I will stay in love with God?” How do we do that? What difference does it make?
Stay In Love With God. Simple But Not Easy…