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Living it - In House

By: Admin on July 17, 2013

John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

When we try to figure out how to translate our faith to something visible, it starts with something in the heart: love. But love is a verb, it has to be active and visible.

Jesus gave his followers a simple command of what to do and to whom it should be directed: "Love one another". He told them how deep and genuine this love had to be, "As I have loved you." Finally, he told them the results if they truly obeyed, "everyone will know that you are my disciples."

Jesus never said that people would know we are his followers by the amount of scripture we could quote, how often we go to church, how much money we give to the poor, how many hours we pray, how we could debate the Bible or even how many good deeds we do in a week. Jesus said people would know we are his true followers with a genuine faith based on loving one another.

The "one another" is directed at the followers of Jesus. Of course we know Jesus loves all people and commanded us to love all people, too. We have God's "house", the church, as a great starting place for showing love to one another. This love comes in the form of genuine friendship and support, hospitality, visits, dealing with injustice, sharing food and clothes and helping meet specific needs. When driven by authentic, Jesus-inspired love then the effect is deeper and transformational for everyone involved.

People who are not part of this "house" will see how we treat one another in the "family" and they will want to become part of the family, too.

One could argue some points here:
1) People will only want to be part of the church to "get stuff". Yes, that is a risk, but Jesus not only met people's needs by feeding them and healing their illnesses, he confronted them with the Truth of God, and people's true loyalties and motivation came out loud and clear and they abandoned Jesus. The rest stayed and were blessed and blessed others.

2) What about those "outside the church"? Are we just a little "club" that cares only for the insider? We must start somewhere. The early church members in Acts took active care of one another and many came to faith in Jesus because of the way they saw the family behaving in love. In the end, those who were outside of the church who had needs found their way in, had their needs met and became a blessing to others.

When it comes to faith in Jesus, are we living it with an attitude of love in our own house?

Topics: community, message series, outreach

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