I feel like my entire childhood was surrounded by this demeanor of “do as I say not as I do”.
I never got that.
I don’t want to do as you say… I want to do what you do!
What you do is what I see and has me intrigued.
What you do is what has my attention.
What you do is what is speaking much louder than what you say.
The person, sharing this wonderful advice, tells you this all while having the time of their life.
Living it up!
Or so it seems…
Then they tell you…”this is not the life you want to live…” And my brain is hearing “blah blah blah blah”, as I check out all the stuff I’m not supposed to do. But it appears they are having so much fun doing.
Again, I never got it. Probably never will.
Confusing, I know…
Have you ever experienced that, whether in childhood or as an adult? It is hard for the mind to digest how something can be acceptable enough to engage for one person yet the same behavior, attributes, lifestyle is undesirable for another.
I think it is natural for you to believe if its good for you than it is good for me.
We know this type of thinking is not true. Because we don’t always do what is right. And many times we let our sinful nature get the best of us.
Which brings us to today’s thought. Monday, I declared my intention to share three key thoughts from John 15:1-17 as to why you want to be a follower of Christ who is productive—one who is fruitful for the kingdom of God. The first key thought was our fruitfulness glorifies God. The second is: Abiding follows His example.
Read the passage: John 15:1-17 (ESV, NIV, and NLT). Pick one or all. You can also pull out your bible and read it.
Abiding in His Love
I have experienced love and I believe I know what love is, through my relationship with Jesus. I believe I show love to others. And I have to say “believe” because somedays…
#RealTalk … I get it all wrong.
And I am so thankful, grateful that Jesus does not say “do as I say not as I do”. Oh no, He says, do exactly as I do.
So for today, I want to focus on one thought, “Abide in my love.” (v 9).
Jesus in this portion of the passage is all but saying you have received love from me and I have receive it and learned from the best. Continue in it!
Now, this is where my brain is working hard to comprehend. He says “if you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love…” (v 10).
And when I keep His commandments I am abiding in His love (v 10).
And when I abide in Him, He abides in me (v 4).
And when He abides in me, I have joy (v 11).
And when He abides in me, He is making me fruitful (v 5). Causing me to bring glory to God (v 8).
This is utterly amazing!
I mean, I know this…right?! But I find a way to make something so simple so hard. He is saying…
Keep my commands…and I got the rest.
God loves Me. I love you. Now love others.
Keep this love thing going. 😉
Continue in it.
The Wrap Up
Follow His example.
Keep his commandments. And He is not commanding us to do anything He, Himself, has not already done. And He does it unselfishly because he wants us to experience the joy He has.
Lord’s will I’ll “see” you tomorrow where we’ll continue with Abiding in His Appointment.
P.S. I feel like this is an abrupt end because studying this passage I noticed something for the very first time, I believe. In this passage Jesus does not command us to love Him. No He says, do as I say. The love is there. I will love enough for the both of us. But when you do what I say it places in the very center of everything I have for you.
I am so blown away but His love for us. So I’ll just stop typing…and I will not delete this because I pray YOU know that we don’t need to figure it all out. We just have to be true followers and follow His lead.
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