Jesus asked us to be him to others. That’s all. He will do the rest.
17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears [keep the main thing the main thing].
What was it that Jesus wants us to do for Him?
- Keep his commandments. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
- Love one another as He has loved us. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:11
We don’t really have to completely understand creation, salvation, justification, sanctification, and especially glorification. Instead, all we have to do is be obedient. So, how do we go about doing that?
It’s actually pretty simple. We look at the people around us and see where they need help and then go help them. See a yard to be mowed or raked? Get after it. Someone needs a ride somewhere? Inconvenience yourself and do it (I’m preaching to myself here). How about blessing a server at a restaurant with an extra big tip whether he/she deserves it or not–especially if he/she doesn’t?
Family is really the hardest to serve. We have leftovers from our childhood days: Keeping things even, saving face, competition about everything, getting historical and hysterical, entitlement, etc. Let’s set Christ’s command above our petty feelings and differences and love one another. Call it carrying your cross, or the Christ-like way, or dying to self; whatever word pictures we like, let’s just do it!
Abba, I’m the first one on this bandwagon. I’m as guilty as the next person (maybe more). Help me to stop being childish and start being childlike in my faith. Show me the Jesus Way; I want to run on it! “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:32. Amen.