Are You Following Jesus? (5/14)

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John 13:31-38

There are many great organizations that do good works but do not follow Jesus, just as there are many people who do good works but are not following Jesus. Good works in and of themselves will not get you to heaven. So how do we know if we are actually following Jesus or if we are going our own way? We look to Jesus!

Most of you if asked “how you are doing” would answer “fine” which is usually not the truth.  Are we really “fine” in our spiritual lives?

Vs. 31 – God is glorified by what Jesus was about to do. The Cross showed the world the love and mercy, and the Grace and Justice of God.

Sin separated us…. Jesus built a bridge….

“Whenever we show the world the love & mercy & grace of God then God is being glorified through us.”

A few years ago I met a man who showed his neighbors, all those who were ever near him, the Love, mercy and grace of God. He quietly came in to where the church met and fixed the lights, unlocked doors, painted, did dishes, and made coffee, and influenced every life he touched to the glory of God.

There were things that were done for us as a church that were taken care of without notice or fanfare… If there was a light out, a dripping faucet, a paper or candy wrapper on the floor and he noticed it, he took care of it, nothing was said to anybody, it was just done.

There are others here who do things like this, Windows, filters, water softener, bulbs etc things quietly get taken care of. And each of those things is done in love and to the glory of God.

Are we busy trying to glorify ourselves or are we trying glorify God in all that we do?

Vs. 34-35 The word ‘love’ is used only twelve times in John 1–12, but in John 13–21 it is used forty–five times!! 

If we want the world to sit up and take notice, if we want to be effective, to make a difference then we have to set aside/sacrifice our rights, our pride, and live in love!

How did Jesus love the Church? He gave himself up for her (see Ephesians 5)!

Are we loving one another as we are loved by Jesus?

 Vs. 36-38 Loyalty: In the last few verses we see the loyalty of Peter, but later we find that this loyalty is pretty much all talk… are we loyal to Jesus?

In Matthew 16 when Jesus told of His return to Jerusalem of His suffering and death and being raised to life on the 3rd day Peter took Him aside..

At the transfiguration… he failed to understand…..

When He saw Jesus walking on the water he was the one who stepped out of the boat… lost focus…

In the Garden he was asked to watch and pray…

And we know that the words of Jesus came true that very night when Peter denied even knowing Jesus 3 times before the rooster crowed.

Are we loyal to Jesus or do we deny him with our actions and attitudes, how we live, or with the words we use?

 The bad news is we can all fall short; that we can turn from following Jesus, we can seek to keep our rights and bring glory to ourselves, we can be disobedient, obstinate, and unloving, we can lose our focus, and we can deny knowing Jesus with how we treat each other, in our actions, and with how we speak, the words we use.

The Good news is that, we can, as long as we are breathing, turn from our wicked ways, our selfish attitudes; our denial of Jesus, and in repentance and surrender, turn and follow Jesus, bringing Glory to God thru love and loyalty to our savior.

Peter did, Paul did, they are examples of repentance – “If you are willing You can make me cleanMark 1:40.

Amazon lists 507,878 book titles about heaven, 547,195 about sex, 766,921 about God, and 884,737 about money. Isn’t this astounding? Even more staggering is the fact that one topic beats out all of these—love. There are 922,816 books on Amazon that contain love in their title.

Unconditional Love.

My Utmost for His Highest, May 11th – Love is an indefinite thing to most of us; we don’t know what we mean when we talk about love.

Love is the loftiest preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that this sovereign preference be for Himself (see Luke 14:26). Initially, when “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5), it is easy to put Jesus first. But then we must practice the things mentioned in 2 Peter 1 to see them worked out in our lives. and the one another commands of God’s Word

The first thing God does is forcibly remove any insincerity, pride, and vanity from my life. And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so.

Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying, “…love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He is saying, “I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect, but you must exhibit My love to them, just as I have exhibited it to you.” This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable— it is His love, and it will not be evidenced in us overnight. Some of us may have tried to force it, but we were soon tired and frustrated.

“The Lord…is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish…” (2 Peter 3:9). I should look within and remember how wonderfully He has dealt with me. The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way. I may get irritated because I have to live with an unusually difficult person. But just think how disagreeable I have been with God! Am I prepared to be identified so closely with the Lord Jesus that His life and His sweetness will be continually poured out through Me? Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained through discipline.


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