We’ve all seen them. They work on our conscience like those abused animal commercials on television. If we love Jesus – or our spouse, or our kids, or the dog – we will add our click to the 3 million other clicks. And that will prove our love.

Like if you love JesusYep, that will do it. The One who made everything that exists and keeps our world spinning in place is holding His breath to see if we click on the little hand under the image on our Facebook feed. Most of us have probably clicked on at least one of them too. Because after all, we don’t want anyone to think we don’t love Jesus. Or our spouse. Or our kids. Or the dog.

If you’ve “liked” or “shared” one of those pics, please don’t think I’m making fun. It’s nice to see how many people are willing to click publicly for Jesus. And I’ve been tempted. I’ve come close a few times. But something keeps my finger off the clicker.

And this is it: I know it’s not that easy.

Showing real love for Jesus means so much more than “liking” Him. In fact, here’s what Jesus said about showing our love for Him.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.” John 14:21

“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.” John 14:23

Maybe this is really why I have trouble “liking” those pics on Facebook. If I’m not 100% obedient to Jesus then I feel like a hypocrite clicking that little hand. Can I in all honesty tell all of Facebook land that I love Jesus if I’m withholding my obedience in any area?

Those little “thumbs up” icons serve as a heart check for me. Have I laid my will down in complete obedience to God’s? I want to. And some days I do better than others. But I know that I am not fully obedient to Christ in every area of my life.

Am I making too much of a “like” button. Probably. Is it good to regularly check my level of obedience to God? Absolutely.

So I propose we start a new thing: “Obey” if you love Jesus.

How do you show your love for Jesus? Have you checked your level of obedience lately?


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