Loving the Journey with…

Pastor Dustin Aagaard

Love is the Movement

Hello Journey Friends and Family,

When I was sixteen, I surrendered my life to Christ and made him the Lord of my life. Although I didn’t know everything I was signing on for, I knew enough about Jesus that I was all in.

The not-so-fine print of that decision called me to take up a new way of living. That new way of living was 100% centered on love.

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus created the most significant movement our world has ever known or seen, and the movement was based on love.

I’ll mention this in my sermon this weekend, but I’ll go ahead and give you a heads up, my all-time favorite band is Switchfoot. They are Christ followers based out of San Diego, California, with a surf rock band sound and feel. They have great music and incredible lyrics. On their album, Learning to Breathe, they have a song called, “Love is the Movement.” Part of the chorus goes like this,

“Love is the movement. Love is a revolution. This is redemption.”

What spot-on lyrics that echo Jesus’ own life and words. Love truly is a movement. It’s a movement we all signed up for when we surrendered our lives to Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t just wake up eager to love the world. Loving others doesn’t come naturally; it comes supernaturally.

The more I sit at the feet of Jesus, the more I can see, think, and talk with love. It’s not something I try to do; it’s more like a reflex. This is what it means in Galatians to bear fruit.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22-23

Fruit is a byproduct of abiding in Christ, as we see in John 15,

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5

My prayer for us as a community of believers is,

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
Ephesians 3:17-18

As we continue to let Love be the Movement, I invite you to join us onsite at Apopka or Lake County or online this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:15 AM as we continue to look at how Jesus is the G.O.A.T.

I’m loving the Journey,

Pastor Dustin Aagaard
Associate Lead Pastor