Jesus replied, “Anyone wo loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23
As Jesus was getting ready to be betrayed and crucified, He told the disciples that He would be leaving soon. He tells them several times to obey His teachings. Now He says that whoever loves Him will obey Him.
People all over the world follow a lot of different people. Some will follow a sports team, others a singer or actor. Still others will follow some business person or politician. The list of what they will follow is endless.
One thing that is common with all of these people they follow is that they love the person or group they are following. They want to know all they can about that person.
Along with many people following a lot of other people, there are many who claim to follow and love Jesus.
However, Jesus takes the idea of loving Him and following Him a step further. Whoever claims to love Him must obey His teachings. Jesus did not come to just entertain people, but to bring them life and show them how to live a full life for God.
It is easy for a person to claim to love Jesus or to say they will follow Jesus. It is another thing to actually love Jesus and truly follow Him. A lot of people will claim to believe in Jesus, however, very few will actually obey His teachings.
Jesus set up a way to know if a person really does love Him. That way is to obey what He was teaching.
Every word that Jesus spoke was for teaching and building people up. He spoke about ways to not be and ways to be. He spoke about how to act and how to not act.
As a believer, your purpose on this life should match that of what the purpose of Jesus was–to love and obey God and to love all people. Showing love to all people will be seen in bringing the gospel message to every person.
As you go through your life, prove that you truly do love Jesus, don’t just claim to love Him. Show your love by doing what Jesus commanded. Live your life as Jesus lived His on this earth. Do you really love Jesus?
I pray today that you will know the teachings of Jesus; that God wills strengthen you to obey His commands; that you will love as Jesus loved you; and that you will obey all that Jesus commanded.