Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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In this is love...

In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us. (1 John 4:10)

The second law of thermodynamics tells us that there can be no such thing as a ďperpetual motion machine.Ē This means that a machine canít keep running on its own power indefinitely; it will have to stop eventually. A power plant canít generate electricity for your home without some kind of fuel to keep it going. An engine that isnít hooked up to a battery canít power your car. There has to be a constant energy source for a machine to keep running.

Our spiritual engines are no different. We know this because Scripture tells us to ďlove one another, because love is of GodĒ (1 John 4:7). We canít love without being filled with his love. We canít share his compassion and mercy unless we are receiving them ourselves. Itís humbling, and at the same time very freeing, to admit that God is the source of our goodness and kindness, not ourselves.

So how can we maintain our connection to Jesus? There are a number of ways, but chief among them is the Eucharist. As a source of our life in Christ, it is the place where Jesus is fully present and where we can receive him completely. Yes, we need to pray every day; we need to study Scriptures; we need to have good relationships with other believers; we need to do good works. But above all else, we need Jesus.

The good news is that Jesus loves to meet our needs! He is present to us in the bread and wine, showing us that he is our life, our strength, and our nourishment. He lavishes us with grace as we gather to hear his word and celebrate his resurrection. He pours out his power and guidance as we join together in worship. It is Jesusí own life within us that makes our lives shine. This, more than anything else, is the hope of glory for the people in our lives (Colossians 1:27).

When you find it difficult to answer Godís call to love, remember where you can go to refuel. Jesus is always there for you. Heís always ready to embrace you, to feed you, and to build you up.

ďThank you, Lord, for loving me first! Thank you for being my life, my strength, and my joy.Ē

Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8; Mark 6:34-44

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