- “You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14).
Obedience and love are made equivalent with these simple words. We love Christ when we obey Him. Now, some would borrow from a parental metaphor in making this point, i.e. if you love your parents, you’ll obey them. It’s not a bad idea and certainly offers some portion of truth, but Jesus’ idea conveys a bit more. You see, obedience is an expression of faith. Obedience isn’t simply an adherence to His life list. We obey regardless of our level of understanding. When we can grasp the moment and connect the dots to Christ’s chosen action, we obey. When we don’t know what is happening, why it is happening, and what will come next, we obey. Obedience is the choice regardless of our level of knowledge or grasp of His plan. We simply obey. It’s the life of faith–the only kind of life that pleases God. So much of life is made of moments we don’t understand. What do we do then? We obey! That’s what loving Jesus looks like.