Paul McCartney vs. Jesus

Paul McCartney had it wrong when he said: “In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Jesus said: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

One kind of love looks for an even-Steven kind of arrangement: it wants 50/50 propositions, at least in the long haul.

The other kind of love gives without thought of reward, even unto death.

Jesus did that for us. He died in our place, to pay for our sins, and all we have to do is accept that gift that was dearly bought with his own blood, and we can be restored to relationship with Adonai God.

Macca is making lots of money with his music, and that’s great for him, but his fame and his version of love only benefits a few, even when he doesn’t want it to (as in the case of his recent divorce)..

Jesus didn’t stay dead, but he rose again, and went to prepare a place for us. This place is for all who will come, for all who will leave their silly, vain, materialistic, shallow, empty worlds behind in favor of obedience and loyalty to the Son of the Living God.

Every idle word, every hateful action will be brought up again when we face the King. We will give account for the times we sided with the devil in order to maintain a level of popularity before the world. We will give account for the times we sold out a brother or a sister out of fear of being ostracized. We will give account for helping the devil do his work.

But I don’t think the ultimate question will be, “Why did you do thus and such”. I think it will be, “You said you were mine, you claimed my name: why didn’t you allow me to create my character and nature within you, so that you could have grown into my likeness while you were on earth?”

What kind of love do we possess? Is it a facade, or is it a fact? It is sensual and earthly, or is it spiritual and practical? Is it love-as-a-hook-to-get-what-I-need, or is it love that lifts up another without thought of personal reward or gain? Is it Paul McCartney’s brand of love? Or is it the love of Jesus that has branded our hearts?

Our fruits give us away.

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