By the time you read this, it is possible that you may be tiring of hearing about the call to be “living like Jesus.” For many of us, we are worried about the world but the Holy Spirit seems to continually remind me that by living like Jesus, then we can change the world. Let’s consider some things that we need to keep foremost in our mind:
Values: Our Christian values are to be different than the values of the world!
Twenty some of us gathered and watched the movie “Do You Believe” and if you have seen it, you would agree that those who mightily touched people in the movie had a different set of values. The people who changed people displayed patience, you will find they did not raise their voices, they related to people, they moved as Jesus told them to move. They were peculiar in a loving way.
Values: An eternal perspective is valued over typical world perspective.
Is life in this world the most important thing/value you have for you and your family? To what “end” are you looking? What are you teaching your children and grandchildren? Read this carefully: We are not put on earth merely to satisfy our desires, to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We are here to be changed, to be more like Jesus in order to prepare us for a lifetime with Jesus.
Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, (How often do you play and desire to be greater than God? to act like you the “God” of your life?) but whoever is fully prepared will be like their teacher. (CEB, emphasis mine)
Luke 6:40 –The Message Translation
An apprentice doesn’t lecture the master. (How often do you tell Jesus what you want and if you don’t get it, you do it your way?)The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher.
Values: Jesus told us what our values are to before and after this Luke 6:40 verse and we would be wise to follow them in light of what Jesus did for us! (Luke 6:27-49, give them a read)
- Love your enemies
- Do good to those who hate you
- Bless those who curse you
- Pray for those who mistreat you
- Let them slap you and mistreat you on the other cheek
- If someone steals from you, give them something more
- Treat people the same way that you want them to treat you.
- Be a giver not a taker, or a giver only if you give an equal thing or amount back to me (vs.34)
- Even be a giver to your enemies (vs. 35)
- Be as compassionate as Jesus was for you when He died for your sins (vs.36)
Verses 6:37 – 38
- Don’t judge
- Don’t condemn
Concerning the above – what you give is what you will get from the world…or does it mean from God? You decide.
Notice Jesus now said His BIG point – Luke 6:40
Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, but whoever is fully prepared will be like their teacher. (CEB, emphasis mine)
Then he continued – verses 6:41-42
- Get the log out of your own eye before you comment about that splinter in your fellow man’s eye. (Translation – When we see the faults of others it is usually because we possess the same faults…..OUCH!)
Now Jesus told us how we can see if we are meeting the standards He laid out (verses43-45):
What does the fruit of your life look like? It says “The inner self overflows with words that are spoken.” Is your life filled with grace, mercy, love and forgiveness? Do people, followers and non-followers, want to be around you just as real disciples as well as non-believers wanted to be around Jesus?
Now Jesus reemphasized being like Him – verse 46
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say?”
Yes, that is our question if we claim to be followers of Jesus. Are our values like Jesus? Are our actions like Jesus? Are our words like Jesus? Can people see Jesus in us?
Are We Behaving As Children Of God?……….Are We Behaving As Children Of The World?