Out of love for one another…….
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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
Scripture of the Week
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~~ Matthew 11:28-30
Something to Smile About
A little boy was in a relative’s wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar.
So it went, step, step, roar, step, step roar, all the way down the aisle. The crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time the little boy reached the pulpit. The little boy, however, was getting more and more distressed from all the laughing, and was also near tears by the time he got to the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, “I was being the Ring Bear.”
Think About It
YOU ARE GOING TO FAKE IT AFTER ALL
In his youth, the grandson of John Philip Sousa made large sums of money as a guest bandleader. He knew it wasn’t because of his talent. Since he shared the same name as the great American composer and conductor, he knew that this was what impressed the crowds. His invites were about his name not his abilities. He knew these because he could not read a single note of sheet music.
He wasn’t the first or the last person to lean on their heritage rather than their abilities. Just because you carry a name, however, doesn’t mean you are the real thing.
Lots of people call themselves Christian. Lots of people claim a heritage with the Lord. But that claim isn’t what will get us a place in the kingdom: it is what we do.
“Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,‟ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21).
The crowds may cheer for us. The funds may come rolling in. But the true name bearers of Jesus Christ aren’t found by those things. They are found in those that do His will. The ones that are keeping his commandments, not just faking their way through it.
Fakes will be found out in the end. He will know or not know us not by the name we claim, but the life we live. – Barry Haynes, Hope church of Christ Hope, AR
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