For most people their motivation to believe in Jesus is the hope of salvation. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16. God proved His love through sending Jesus to suffer and die, to become the sin offering for those who not only believe in Jesus but who receive and obey Him.
Much is said and preached about the love of God for us and the love of Jesus, laying down His life for undeserving sinners but not much is said about the love that we should have for Jesus in order to enter the kingdom of God and have eternal life.
Those who do not love Jesus will not enter the kingdom of Heaven and will not have eternal life. Love is not just words, it is action. We have to prove our love for Jesus. Jesus said:” “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments.” John 14:15. What are His commandments? They are the words that He spoke and taught His disciples, the same words that were recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. His disciples left everything and followed after Him and obeyed Him in everything, until the end, apart from Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.
Jesus commanded His disciples to: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;” Matthew 28:19,20. That is the only way to have eternal life, to become a disciple of Jesus and to observe all that He commanded.
Jesus loves us. He proved it by what He did on the cross. He was resurrected from the dead and lives for ever more to give eternal life to those who love Him.
Do we love Jesus? Have we received Him? Have we accepted Him and His words, His commandments? Are we observing, doing, living by His words? Have we repented of all sin, abandoned our own desires, plans, our own life, given it all up to obey Him? Have we been baptized in water, as He commanded? Have we received His Holy Spirit that He promised to those who obey Him, and do we follow His guidance every day?
If we love Jesus we will obey His commandments. Do we love Jesus?
May Jesus bless you.