Victory Vitamin Blog – John 13:34-35

“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” 

-John 13:34-35 NIV

It’s clear from Jesus’ words that we are to love others.  In fact, we MUST.  What may not be as clear is how we are to love others.  Jesus says we are to love others as He loved us.  How exactly did Jesus love us?  He loved us by sacrificing, suffering, and dying.  Now, hold the phones.  I’m not saying you need to die to show your love for others, that likely wouldn’t do them any good.  The point is that as you put love into action for the benefit of others, you will likely have to make sacrifices of your time and your money.  You may be inconvenienced, you may experience suffering.  Real love isn’t easy, just ask Jesus.  Jesus gives us a new command, and it is that we must love other people.  We don’t have to agree with them, enable them, or even like them, but we must love them in action.  Sacrifice for their good.  Give of your time and energy.  Encourage, serve, provide, just as Jesus provided us with something we never would have acquired on our own, forgiveness and eternal life.

Victory Vitamin Blog – John 10:27

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

-John 10:27 NIV

 

“Be a leader, not a follower.”  I’ve said it to my kids.  It’s generally good advice but there are times when it would be ignorant not to be a follower.  If a firefighter wants to lead you out of a burning building, by all means follow.  If you’re lost in the woods and a ranger finds you, please follow them back to civilization.  If you’re destined to die, (and we all are) please follow Jesus to eternal life.  It makes good sense to follow Jesus.  He’s proven His love for, and His loyalty to us.  He’s promised to lead us beside still waters (Psalm 23), and to springs of living water (Revelation 7).  As followers of Jesus, we will go where He has gone.  He entered the tomb dead, and walked out alive. We will do the same.  He ascended into heaven and on the day we die, our souls will follow Him.  On the Last Day, our bodies too will rise perfected and follow Jesus to heaven.  It’s foolish to follow people who aren’t trustworthy, but when it comes to Jesus, being a follower is a sign of strength and wisdom.  Follow the Leader!