- They love the landscape
- They love the government
- They love the freedoms it offers
- They love the way of life it offers
- They love the abundance it offers
- They love the leadership and its ideals
- They love the security it offers
Likewise, when you say, “I love my church” what do you mean? For some it means:
- They love building
- They love the way it makes them feel
- They love the hierarchy/structure
- They love the pastor
- They love the teaching
- They love safety
The reason I am asking is because I think we often miss the most important thing about what we love; the only thing that lasts and makes any difference—people.
It is an easy thing to forget or to gloss over, but it is people that make a country, and it is people that make a church. Governments and churches come and go, but people are eternal.
So, really, whether you realize it or not, when you say you love an organization of any kind it means you love the people. Since that is the truth, then a couple of other questions follow:
- What is it about your people (country, church, etc.) that you love?
- What is it about other people (groups or organizations) that you don’t love?
- Why do you think you love some and not others?
- How do you show your love?
Jesus said that “where your treasure is, there is your heart also.”
So what’s the point?
Too many think of treasure as stuff or things (organizations), but really what we love is people. Even if you think you love a thing, if there were no people to share it with or show it off to, would you really love it? Probably not.
So…where is your treasure? Are you putting your heart into it? What if you did? Don’t you want to put your heart into something eternal rather than something that will pass away? That’s what really makes a difference.