What’s the plan then? Once you arrive in heaven, what’s the plan, to just stand in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, relishing His beauty, adoring His person, sitting at His feet continually and forever? What’s the plan, to be in the presence of joy forever, soaking in love incomparable, being in the glory of the light of the Lord, offering words of praise without end? Resting, never working again, just milling about in peace for all eternity.
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Gen. 2:15)
This notion, these words, do they upset you, do you think me brash, am I without love for the Savior, perhaps I am emotionally stunted in this area, perhaps 1st Corinthians 13:1 comes to your mind about me. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
How many say they serve the Lord, how many have this “feeling of love” without any form of action towards their brothers and sisters in Christ, must less the lost, how many go about their days just loving Christ, waiting to be in His presence and in that love for all eternity, but show that love to others that they say they love in no other way than being polite?
What rewards are you expecting in heaven for feeling love?
Those who were given coins did not receive more because they loved their master, they increased in what they had because in love they acted.
“And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” (Mark 10:52) Not your love for the Savior, but the belief in who He says He is, who God has proclaimed Him to be, our High Priest, our Savior.
“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” (Matt. 13:58) Why not, because they did not love Him enough?
The cult of the charismatic movement is just as evil as that of any religious organization that claims we must adhere to the Mosaic and Levitical laws, they claim that love is all you need, just an emotionally uplifting feeling of heartfelt pleasure, yet rarely are actions of love performed by them for the glory of God, because they love Him, but so they can attempt to retain that feeling. They have, as many who claim to serve Christ are in this age, living in a type of works-based religious life, but the work is to maintain that feeling, that emotion of love.
Speak to them as their lives fall apart, as their spouse deserts them, as their earthly goods flee from them, as that feeling falls away, and you will not hear “Thy will be done” coming from them.
If you are not performing actions of love solely for the glory of God here, if you have nothing more than an emotion within you to justify your salvation, then that salvation is in question.
Now, if this poorly written letter has caused you to look within yourself and see perhaps this truth that you must own, if you are not careful you will fall into the trap of works to rectify this issue. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Actions prove love, feelings do not.