Thursday, March 20, 2014

like Christmas every day

Hated by the World

18-19 “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.

20 “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they will do what you tell them.

21-25 “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both me and my Father. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’

26-27 “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.” John 15:18-27 MSG

If the whole world hated Jesus, why do we think we can make it a better world?  Because of the Spirit of Truth, sometimes called the Holy Spirit, can come and live in us.  This is how I can have a life “Like Christmas Every Day”.  Not because I am so great, but because Jesus was the greatest and the Spirit of Truth He is talking about lives in me now.   

I don’t have all the answers, but I know that before I became “Sold Out” for Jesus, I was miserable and disappointed in churches and the hypocrites that attended churches.  But once I gave up all my ideas about it and let the Spirit of Truth come in and take over.  . . I began to see people differently.  I began to see the hurt in people and realize they weren't as much hypocrites as they were just as miserable and disappointed as I used to be. 

Then I learned that the only requirement from me was to love.  Jesus’ only command to us is to love, first Him and then each other.  All the other rules are just more specific ways to love.  If you truly love others, you won’t break any of the other rules anyway.  How simple right? 

A girl once asked me, "If you died tonight, where would you spend eternity?"

What happens if you go home tonight, just like every other night.  You are driving home down the same familiar roads you always drive and you get to your house safe and sound.  You open the garage and put your key in the door.  Walk inside and there waiting for you is just another load of laundry.  What if you cook supper and tuck the kids in, just like every other night and the next morning. . .  


Why not live this "more abundant life" NOW?  What are you waiting for?


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