We are looking for loopholes and Jesus is looking for love.
There are so many Bible stories about humans looking for a way around God. This is not surprising when the world often teaches us to find the easy way.
Think of the man who asked Jesus how many times we should forgive, coming up with a number he deemed perfectly reasonable: 7. Jesus blew that out of the water by telling him that we should forgive 70 X 7. (Matthew 18:21-22)
Martha complained to Jesus about Mary not helping with the hospitality work. But Jesus told Martha that Mary chose the better thing altogether – basically that the work would always be there, but He would not. (Luke 10:40-42)
The prodigal son had an angle, too. He thought he would ask to be a slave when he wanted to return to the comfort of His father’s house. He had no clue that God had something bigger in mind through his father: total and complete love and forgiveness. (Luke 15:11-32)
We look for loopholes, too when it comes to studying God’s word. We say we have responsibilities and are busy or tired. Yet we have endless time for quick and easy distractions, faces glued to our screens.
God wants us to receive His love, love Him, and spread His love to the people in our lives. It isn’t always easy to do that. But, if we look for angles and workarounds to doing His will, we are the ones who will not live life to the fullest or receive all that God wants for us. (John 10:10)
If this idea of loopholes instead of loving speaks to you, here are a few great studies to focus on loving God.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World DVD Study Pack: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of LifeProduct on sale
Crazy Love DVD Study ResourceProduct on sale
#Struggles Study Guide with DVD: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered WorldProduct on sale
Too Busy Not to Pray Study Guide with DVD: Slowing Down to Be With God$85.85
Hi. I’m Allison Olson and have been blessed enough to be friends with Janice and Bill since 2016. I’ve been in a small group ever since Bill ran an Alpha course at our local church which turned into a small group that lasted a little while. My husband and I joined with Bill and Janice when they began their couples’ small group.
Janice, knowing how much I love to write, invited me to be a blog contributor on this site. I formerly wrote blog posts for the Never So Broken Ministry for women. I’m a transplanted Southerner (Tennessee and Florida), who has happily lived in Minnesota for 21 years with my husband and two grown children.
Small groups have been my second family and I hope we can help you with yours!