Tony was a man of action. He had always enjoyed sport as a boy, and loved adventure books. At work he would be frustrated by rules and regulations, red tape put in place just to avoid being blamed in case something went wrong. Why didn’t people just get on and do what was needed?
Tony had committed his life to Christ. He was convinced of the truth, read his bible daily and tried his best to follow Jesus teaching. Jesus was his hero, and he was constantly challenged by what Jesus taught – but liberated too! He went to church each week.
But somehow he often wondered what church was about. He found the songs would have him singing words that didn’t represent how he felt towards Christ; love songs and adoration of Christ’s beauty, songs more about being ‘in love’ than selfless love. He would look around at others who appeared in raptures of delight and wonder what was wrong with him. He couldn’t help drifting off in the sermons, and couldn’t see what they had to do with his day-to-day life.
He often came away saddened; if church left him cold he presumed that he can’t have been a very good Christian! Satan smiled, but Jesus led Tony to the verse:
Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. (John 14:21)
“We love you Tony” he whispered.