John 13:15 Do As Jesus Did

I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:15

Great teachers or leaders will always teach and lead by example. They will show the students how to do something by physically doing it, not just telling them how to do it.

Students who really want to learn to be their best will follow the examples of their teachers or leaders. Those who try to reinvent the wheel and do their own thing, when being taught or led, will often fail in the end.

Jesus had just washed the feet of the disciples as a servant to them. Now He tells them that He has set an example of what they should do.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He had taught the disciples many different things. He taught how to be a witness, how to pray, how to have righteous anger, how to be compassionate, how to have faith, how to serve, how to heal, how to resist temptation, how to speak the truth, and many other things. In each of things, Jesus not only taught it, but did it as an example for His believers to follow.

Every believer is still being taught by Jesus today through His word. As a believer learns from Jesus, he must begin to do as Jesus did in every area of his life. Jesus was the perfect example of how man is supposed to live, act and think.

Sadly, many in the church have chosen to stay living as the world does, doing what the world does. They have chosen to not do as Jesus did, feeling as if it is wrong or beneath them to live that way.

One, if he really loves God, is supposed to do as God commands. God only teaches one to do what is best to lead to life.

As a believer look through the scriptures to see how Jesus lived His life. Now make a choice to live in the same way.

Do not let the influences of this world teach you how to live. Do not allow selfish desires to override God’s teaching to you.

Jesus was separate and different from this world. You also are to be separate from this world, different than this world.

Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are doing just as Jesus did. Are your thoughts, actions and words a mirror of how Jesus lived? Or are they a mirror of this world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus taught; that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did; and that your life will be an example of who Jesus is.

John 2:5 Do Whatever He Says To Do

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5

Being told what to do is one thing many people do not like to have occur. Most people like to be able to make their own choices, to control their own destiny.

It is very common to hear of a person losing his job because he refused to do what he was told to do. He tries to work in his own way, rather than follow company policies and procedures. People often think that they, the individual, knows what is best, rather than trust those who have already walked that path and do know what is best.

Jesus was at a wedding that had run out of wine to drink. Jesus’ mother approaches Him about it, but does nothing, at first. His mother tells the servants to just do whatever He tells them to do.

The moment a person chooses to become a believer, a follower of Christ, he gives up his personal choices. At that moment he is to make Jesus Lord, the chief boss, over his entire life.

In order for Jesus to be Lord/Master, He must be obeyed implicitly. There is no room for question, doubt or refusal to obey, regardless of how crazy something may sound or be.

God, being the Creator of everything, does actually know what is best for each and every person in each and every situation. In knowing what is best, there will be times that God will tell someone to do something that sounds insane, such as telling the servants to serve water at a wedding as though it was wine.

When the believer actually trusts God and does what he is told to do, it opens the door wide for God to do what only He can do. It allows God to do miracles and change lives and situations.

There will be times in your life when God will ask you to step out and does some crazy, insane, even dangerous thing. Rather than turning the other way and ignoring God, do what He is telling you to do.

Never allow yourself to shirk back in fear or doubt. Boldly go forward, knowing that God is in control and knows what He is doing in asking you to do something. God has a plan for your life.

Ask yourself if you are willing to do whatever He asks you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice guiding you in what to do; that you will do whatever God asks you to do; and that you will see God do great things in and through you.

Luke 6:46 Obedience Is Required

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46

Every person has someone who is an authority over them. Most often the authority is the boss or employer for whom they work. It is expected that each worker will obey the boss and do what is asked of them. If one does not do what the boss says, he will be reprimanded or fired.

Although the most common authority is a boss, there are also other authorities that are required to be obeyed. Police, guards, parents and others also are authorities to be obeyed.

Jesus asked the people why they call Him, ‘Lord,’ but do not obey Him.

The term ‘Lord’ is another term for master or ruler, authority. Very few people like to use the term ‘Lord’ in today’s society. It brings the implication of slavery or ownership and no one likes to be considered a slave or being owned by another person.

However, Jesus does own the believer, because He bought the believer with His own blood. He paid the price with His blood so that the person may have life. With this price being paid, Jesus has full authority over one’s life. He is the Master, the Head Boss.

Many will call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ but will not obey Him as Lord. They act as if His commands are suggestions or that they have the freedom to choose what they will obey or not obey.

Acting like this is a double standard and Jesus is not truly Lord in their life. They are not being wise, but foolish, saying one thing, but doing another. Those who do not obey Jesus will be cast out in the end. They will be rejected by God when they stand before Him.

Obedience is a requirement to follow Jesus.

As you believe in and call Jesus your Lord, you must be willing to obey Him. At a minimum Jesus tells you to love God with everything in you, love others, including your enemies, to be His witness and to make disciples.

These are just the beginning of following Jesus. As you do these things, God will guide you in how to do these things. This is where complete obedience comes in. It reveals if Jesus is really Lord in your life or not.

Ask yourself if you have really made Jesus ‘Lord’ of your life or not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that Jesus will be LORD over your life; that you will hear and know God’s every command to you; and that you will obey God’s every command to you.

Amos 3:7 God Will Reveal His Plan

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Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7 

Great leaders will always share what their vision is with those whom they are leading. They do not keep their plans hidden from those under them, because they need the people to be able to follow. If there is no revealed plan or vision, then there is nothing to follow.

Some leaders do not feel confident enough in their abilities to the point that they will not reveal what is in the planning. As this occurs, people will fall away and follow others. People love a person who will actually lead them.

Amos tells the people to realize that God will never do anything without revealing His plans.

God’s great love wants every person to love and follow Him. He does not want anyone to be punished or destroyed. In this God had revealed the first coming of Jesus to the people. He had revealed His plan of salvation for all people, everywhere.

Along with revealing His plan for salvation, God has also revealed what will happen when one does not accept Jesus, the punishment and judgement.

All of this is done so that no one can be without excuse. No one will be able to say that they did not know what God was going to do or why He was going to do it.

In order for a person to know what God is going to do, all he has to do is read the Bible, pray and listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding Him. The Holy Spirit will give a person the needed discernment as to what God is doing and what He is going to do. Every believer has access to this knowledge, not just special people–pastors or prophets. His Spirit is poured out upon everyone.

Allow yourself to hear what God is doing and going to do. Read and study the bible every day. Pray in the Holy Spirit, being willing to listen and obey what God is saying.

God is moving on this earth. There are coming times of forgiveness and salvation, and there are coming times of judgement. Allow God to open your eyes up to see what is occurring and about to happen. This allows you to be able to do the work He has called you to do, to be His witness in this world and build His kingdom.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s commands; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with God’s knowledge and direction; and that you will be God’s voice to this world.