There is a simplicity that is Christ, and following Jesus means you are a Christian. It means you have asked Him into your life and heart as Lord and Savior and that you have surrendered all that you have and are to Him. It means you are walking in newness of life, and that newness literally has changed you from the inside out. That change is a process, and it’s amazing to look back and just see how transformed you are!
Following Jesus means living His law of love towards God, others and self. That’s found in Matthew 22:37-40. It means loving God with all that you have and are. It means putting God and His way of life first and choosing that way where there’s a conflict. It means developing a spiritual relationship with God that begins in this life and lasts for eternity.
Loving others means caring about their needs just like you care about your own. Where possible, you can be there for those who are hurting emotionally and let them know that they are not alone or unsupported. You can encourage them to break free from whatever is causing a hard time in their lives so that they can move on to be and do what God would have them be and do. It means so much to people to know that others truly care. be Jesus to them just like you would want them to be Jesus to you. If you know of a physical need for food, clothing and shelter, do what you can to help. Sometimes, you can offer your home as a temporary shelter, and sometimes you can actually accompany the person to agencies that can help. God loves it when you love others this way. Jesus makes a point of saying so in Matthew 25:34-40.
Loving yourself means taking care of your needs so you don’t burn out or feel unloved. Treat yourself to whatever is special for you. Make sure you get enough exercise, sleep and the right food to nourish your body while allowing yourself goodies to indulge in once in a while. Take time to rest, to relax. Perhaps you could read a book or listen to some music. Jesus took care of His needs, too. He went to private places to pray and made sure to isolate His disciples when spiritual demands got too much. He visited friends where He could just be. Please follow Jesus in this way, too.
Following Jesus requires dedication, concentration and focus. Pastor G and I pray you add spiritual balance to the mix. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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