Living the life…
July 17th, 2019
Jesus intends to be our mentor. Yes, he is our savior, our shepherd, our Lord and our Master. But beyond all of those roles and definitions, Jesus wants to be our example. He desires that we pattern our lives after him in every way possible.
If you read these devotionals, you have probably come to realize that I remain focused around the Great Commission a lot. There is an important reason for this.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus announced to his disciples that he had been given all authority. His charge to them as his disciples was for them to go make other disciples.
This was a clear directive to his disciples that they were to make him their example for life. Jesus sought them and made them disciples. In his authority he directs them to go to every corner of the world and make disciples as well.
We are to be as much as our Master as possible, in every way. One major thing everyone understands is that God, and Jesus is God in the flesh, is that he is LOVE. All God, all man. Not half and half, but all in all. He is our all in all.
If we can only achieve one lifelong ambition, it would be to love as Jesus loves.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)
Imitators of Christ, us, his disciples.
It shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus focuses on our love. After all, he loved us so he gave his life for us.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
John 15:13-14 (NLT)
Jesus also said…
If you love me, obey my commandments.
John 14:15 (NLT)
If we love him, we will obey his commands. Not because we have to, but because we want to. Love is the reason both God the Father and God the Son were on board with the plan for Jesus to become the perfect lamb of God. All to be our sacrifice, purging what was an indelible stain on our souls.
Take those souls and make the whiter them snow. When? When we love him in return, surrender our lives to him so he can give life to us. When we place our hope and trust in him because he believed in his love for us so much that that love put him on a cross for us.
That same love was manifested in his triumph over death and sin. Exiting his grave three days later and one of the most important things he tells his disciples was to make disciples. Why? Because we love him, and we are obedient to his commands. He commanded us with his authority to go and make disciples. How? Leading with love. Leading with HIS love.
This is why we find our identity in love.
It’s true. Our identity is established in love. The love of Jesus flowing through us, to our homes, in our churches, in our communities and to the world.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
Unmistakably disciples of Jesus, because we love. We love each other, we love our families, we love our communities we love the world in a manner that the world is unfamiliar with. Love willing to suffer to love more. Love that gives of itself without reservation because the joy of loving outweighs all else.
This love is so pronounced that the world not only notices it, it understands its source. “Love each other. Just as I have loved you”; if you do this, that love “will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
The Great Commission is a command to us to spread the Good News and make disciples. Upon making disciples we are to baptize them and teach them everything that Jesus has taught us. Thus, they will become disciple makers, known for their love, just as we will be.
Live our lives in love. The love of Jesus poured out on a dying world, through us. Because we are following our “Example Christ” our savior.
In the Grace of Jesus!