Pretty soon the “I love you,” looks like; “I tolerate you.” Next, it becomes; “I will not be responsible for you or even me.” And then the rich young man parted ways with Christ. (Matthew 19)
So let’s back up to the beginning. “I love you” does not include ongoing owing nor does it hold back the “hiddens.” Like holding oughts over Christ’s head for his personal standard, turning on his heel, the young man realizes: “Jesus I can’t make you predictable. I just can’t make you work.”
Christ’s request to “sell your possessions and give to the poor,” is a reflection of adoration for God. Love empties its pockets and throws its whole self into the act. Only by the power of God are we able to collect hope and love each morning with this kind of pouring out. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Each day we shower off the offenses that hit us the day before until the water runs clean. But it is very much a daily scrubbing, and when we don’t give ourselves the permission to cry or even fall a part before God, we near the dangerous path of believing we can love without God’s help. Love is an emptying out. The greater the loss, the louder the love.
We have all witnessed a toddler shrugged off by an intolerant parent, “Get your hands off me,” to a three-year-old raises a red flag in his wee, unsure heart: “Am I love-able?”
God is not a shrugger. God is a refuge.
Near the end of the chapter, Peter draws attention to the fact “We have left everything to follow you!” Jesus said to them, what you have left for my sake, you will inherit a hundred times as much AND WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE. But the astounding fact is that what Christ is preparing to give up is his whole self for you and me.
Tomorrow as we wake to the thought that he suffered sorrowfully and painfully; it was out of LOVE. Thank you God for a love so powerful, it raises the dead.