Exposed to Christ
… When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, [who] were uneducated and untrained men, … they realized that they had been with Jesus.
— Acts 4:13, emphasis added
The transformation Christ brought about in the apostle John is remarkable. He manifested symptoms of intimate, personal exposure to Jesus, such as the following traits, which reflect the character of Christ. Ponder whether or not these traits are also in your life:
Authenticity: John became honest, genuine, wholesome, and real. In John 13:25 and 21:20, we see him reclining on Christ’s chest and talking with Him. Are you experiencing the reality of knowing Christ with authenticity?
Humility: John was no longer at the center of his own world; Christ was. That is the essence of humility. Thus, the apostle John became the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20). Are you enjoying life as God meant it to be by experiencing true Christlike humility?
Loyalty: John always wanted to be wherever Jesus was. John witnessed the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1), the raising of Jairus’s daughter (Mark 5:37), and was invited into the intimate moments of
Responsibility: John earned Christ’s trust by his obedience. He was disciplined to the point of being trustworthy. Christ entrusted his mother, Mary, to John’s care (John 19:26-27). Are you experiencing the joy of living up to your God-given responsibility in this life?
Tenacity: John was willing to endure to the end. He clung tenaciously to Christ. In John 21:20-23, Jesus told him that he would have to wait “until I come.” And wait John did. Revelation is the record of Christ’s coming to him, just as He promised. Are you tenaciously clinging to Christ?
Make a choice to live in hope. You have a choice to live in despair or hope, so I pray that you will make the choice to live in hope! Live with the “symptoms of exposure to Him” flowing from your life. Read Revelation 1; see, like John, who Jesus really is and invite Him to be near you. Then, for His glory, He will make you authentic, humble, loyal, responsible, and tenacious!
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