Posted by: Kara Luker | July 21, 2011

Oreos and love

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”Matthew 22:37-39

I wanted to expound on my last post but it was late and, since I had wake up at o-dark-thirty to get Cole to sailing lessons before work, I posted what I had and drifted into dreamless slumber on my striped pillow. What I shared I believe to be very true, but there is more.

Focusing on the truth about ourselves is like one side of an Oreo; tasty but incomplete. Focusing on the truth about others is like the other side; still tasty but still incomplete. What really sets an Oreo apart and holds everything together is that mysterious white stuff in the middle. Let’s pretend for the moment that the mystery has nothing to do with lard, but with recognizing the authority of God.

As discussed in the last post, we are called to fix our eyes on what is real (what God says about us) rather than on what is counterfeit (what we, others, or the enemy say about us). Our shortcomings do not change our identity or God’s view of us, ever. Who we are is fact, as established by the Creator himself. As this becomes our focus, our lives will naturally reflect it.

God didn’t just create us with a true identity, but he did the same for all his people. So we, as loved individuals (see previous paragraph), are called out of our natural understanding of the people around us and into a supernatural understanding. “How does such a thing occur?,” you may ask. Once again, it is by focusing on their value (what God says is true) rather than on their shortcomings (what we perceive to be true). What will naturally follow is that our hearts will see beyond behavior and love others for real.

As you may already have realized, we can’t stand firm in any of this if we haven’t recognized God’s authority. So, really, our first step is to fix our eyes on what he has said about himself and let the purity of that truth corrode every shadow, doubt, and accusation we have against his character. If ever there was solid ground on which to stand, this is it. It also happens to be the tasty mystery that holds everything else in its place.

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