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Love

A disciple

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

A simple truth:  You cannot be a disciple of Jesus Christ and not love other people.  Some think they can love God but not love people and this couldn’t be further from the truth.  God created people and He created them each with a purpose.  You are included in that.  You are to love those other people.

Jesus never asked His disciples to do anything that He wasn’t willing to do Himself.  He commanded that we love, but He also modeled love.  He showed love to the scum of society, the outcasts, the poor, the sinners.  The people that were rejected by society were loved by Christ.  And that’s our example to follow.  Loving the unlovely.  It’s not easy, but it’s required.  And so is loving other believers.

No subject is more talked about, sung about, portrayed in the arts, or philosophized than love.  Why?  Because God wired us for it.  He created us to love and be loved.  When we don’t have love, we’re not living the lives He intended for us.  This life only works if there’s love.  People can only know God if there is love.  It’s up to us to show it.

Serve others

A disciple

Galatians 6:10  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

To serve, or to be served?  It’s a choice we all have to make at some point.  Naturally, we’re inclined to lean toward being served.  Look all around at the culture of this era.  Everything is about how much we deserve and how we should get it now.  We don’t have to wait for anything and we can be served…even through a little window on the side of the restaurant.

But Jesus came to serve others and He calls us to do the same.  Does this sound familiar?  You’ve heard it before, but does it resonate?  How can you serve someone today?  Can you put aside something you want in order to make someone else’s day just a little bit better for the glory of God? When should we serve?  How much is enough?

Paul’s letter to the Galatians instructs them never to grow weary in doing good and suggests that at every opportunity to serve one should do so.  At every opportunity?  This can only be done by someone who isn’t thinking of themselves.  This can only be accomplished by someone who puts the needs of others first.  By someone who truly loves God and serves Him by serving His people.  By a disciple.