Soooooooo the 7G community had a lectio session at the homes of one of our members this week, and we reflected on John 13:31-33,34-35.
Here’s a part that many of us identified with:
‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,and in him God has been glorified.If God has been glorified in him,God will in turn glorify him in himself,and will glorify him very soon.My little children,I shall not be with you much longer.I give you a new commandment:love one another;just as I have loved you.’
Isn’t this a wonderful passage? So simple, in so few words, yet it speaks volumes about how to live our lives in a Christ-like way… and all the implications that come with it.
First, let’s break it down:
“My little children”
Even though we are supposedly mature, understanding adults, don’t we act like little children sometimes? Especially when things go wrong, or when we don’t get what we want. Think about:
- The time when your colleague threw his coffee in your dustbin even though you hate food in your workspace.
- Your boss who helps himself to your expensive vitamins without saying “thank you”.
- The client who constantly calls you and gets upset over the smallest issues
Faced with these situations, we may not express our “childishness” by throwing a tantrum like little kids, but deep inside we may be seething with anger or pettiness.
“Love one another just as I have loved you”
Jesus reminds us today to love our neighbour just as he loved us. It’s easy to nod our heads and say, “Of course!” when we’re thinking about our friends and family. But Jesus challenges to love as He did even when we’re faced with people who are difficult to love.
We’re talking about an unconditional love here – a love without counting the cost. Soooooo difficult to do and it’s not something that comes naturally.
“God will in turn glorify him in himself”
But why do we do this? Because when we can love as Jesus does, we glorify God!
And yes, maybe this is foolish – people may step all over us; people may take advantage of us; we may even sacrifice our careers… all because we chose to love like Jesus.
Let us pray to have the courage today to be FOOLS FOR CHRIST – to do things that may seem foolish to the outside world, but are ultimately for the glory of God.
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