By: Shawn LaVie
How often do you reevaluate your re-
lationship with Jesus Christ? Whatever
your answer – even if it’s “never” – I’d
like to plant a seed in your heart for the
Holy Spirit to water.
Christians are called to stop living
for ourselves, which opens us up to
start living for and with Jesus Christ
simultaneously. Galatians 2: 20 says, “It
is no longer I who live, but Christ who
lives in me.”
LIVING THE LOVE OF CHRIST
This is the relationship that Jesus
wants for each and every one of us.
This relationship is both singular – your
personal relationship – as well as col-
lective – the relationship Jesus has with
the people who make up the Church.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 says, “Just as
a body, though one, has many parts, .
. . so it is with Christ. For we were all
baptized by one Spirit so as to form one
body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave
or free – and we were all given the one
Spirit to drink.”
I personally do not believe that idle
hands are the devil’s playground – in-
stead it’s complacency. The definition
of complacency is “a feeling of smug
or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or
one’s achievements.” We find it some-
times easier to trust in what we feel and
know – simple pleasures – than in God
and His plan for us.
Chemically and biologically we are the
exact same person we were before we
died in Christ. But spiritually we are filled
with a desire to be united with our Lord
Jesus Christ. We face the challenge of
keeping one eye on the day-to-day joys
of living and loving here on earth and the
other eye on heaven.
But if we only ask to have our heart
set on fire, we will be surprised what the
Holy Spirit does to our worldly eyes and
This isn’t a time to kick our legs up
on the Lazy-Boy, have a hot drink and
consider ourselves saved. We need
self-awareness, self-sacrifice and investment in the spiritual foundation of
our house, because the flood is coming,
the flood that will ruin houses built on
sand but will not shake houses built on
rock. Jesus’ parable of the weak and
strong foundations (in Luke 46) reminds
us we are here for a limited time during
which Jesus wants us to build ourselves
a strong foundation that will withstand
We find it some-
times easier to
trust in what we
feel and know,
than in God and
His plan for us.
He gave us the brick and mortar as
well as the tools to build. These are all
contained in the Bible. We are called to
fast, pray unceasingly, do good deeds,
repent and ask for forgiveness, spread
His message, partake in the Eucharist,
follow His commandments, but most
importantly to love.
As the Apostle Paul writes in Colos-
sians 3:12-15: “Therefore, as God’s
chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience. Bear with each other and for-
give one another. . . . And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them all
together in perfect unity. Let the peace
of Christ rule in your hearts, since as
members of one body you were called
to peace. And be thankful.”
My favourite line in this passage is that
we must “put on love.” To put on love is
to put on Christ, because Christ is love.
This is the greatest way we can honour
and glorify Jesus Christ: fill our hearts
with His love and live it out.
Every time a friend does something
kind for you and you feel your heart
become warm and fuzzy, every time
your spouse does something sweet and
you feel your heart could burst with love,
you are experiencing God. Believers,
non-believers, all religions of the world
all experience this together.
The act of love takes care of every
commandment, is the driving force for
repentance, and is the blueprint for laying out what is behind a contrite heart.
With love in our hearts we will start to
have life experiences with people that
are much more deeply enriched in this
life and in the next.
I wish you much happiness in your
life, and that you live the love of Christ.