BY THIS ALL PEOPLE WILL KNOW

DOES THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOU ARE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?

When you walk out the door in the morning, do you genuinely greet your neighbor as you get into your car? As you drive to work, stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, does your heart and actions exude love for those around you?  What about when you get to work? Are you approachable and caring to your coworkers and boss? How about social media? Do your status updates encourage your friends, displaying a love that, quite frankly, seems counter cultural?

Jesus says in John 13:34 (NLT) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

IT’S AS SIMPLE AS LOVE

Jesus continually smacks me across the face as I read His words. While this is a simple command that He gave to us, it also convicts me greatly because of how poorly I follow it.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. I’m tired of all the negativity and complaining. I’m tired of all the hatred, the debates, and the discourse.

I think it’s time for us Christian’s to step up to the calling. It’s time for us to love people so much that they’re annoyed by it. It's time for us to live like Jesus and be relational, not judging and condemning, but loving so that we can show them Jesus. Loving them so that they can see His truth and allow HIM to change them.

“Just as I have loved you…”

Jesus loved us so much that He went all the way to the place of the skull, was nailed and hung, and died a criminal’s death.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13 (NLT)

That’s loving people so much that they’re annoyed by it. Not because it's bad, but because it doesn’t make sense to the world.

Don’t hate the world because they don’t know the truth, love them so much that Jesus shows it to them.

So again I ask…

DOES THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOU ARE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?

Another great article on this topic is Leigh Anne Florence’s post “Love is Not A Checklist.”

Whether you are driving to work, greeting your co-workers, or posting on social media, I challenge you to display a love like Jesus. By doing so, all people will know that you are His disciple.