I do like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. – Mahatma Gandhi
When Jesus had healed the man with leprosy, there is no question that a miracle had just taken place. Imagine that scene in downtown New York during rush hour! Jesus would have been swamped by insta-fans wanting their picture taken with Him rather than hoping to be healed by Him.
Marketing directors, talent agents, and television cameras would find Him and follow Him everywhere. A grainy, bumpy iPhone YouTube video would have appeared, getting a million hits in 24 hours. Jesus' Facebook and Twitter accounts would have been exploding with "likes" and He would be swept up into a world of superstar status that this world dreams about.
But Jesus didn't want that. Matthew ends the leper passage with these words:
"Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone…" – Matthew 8:3
Look, the secret to loving one another with a "Jesus kind of love" is simple. It's the same as the recipe for salvation: Learn to depend on Christ, live for His glory, and don't waste time seeking our own. Not an easy task, right? Only Christ can live this way flawlessly, but the good news is that now He lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
To keep yourself in check as you strive to reach out to family, friends, and your neighbors, I have two questions for you. Ask yourself, "Am I trying to do all this for God?" or "Is He doing something through me?"
If you're acting out of a sense of duty or to earn God's favor, your efforts will be in vain and the world will never see the love of Christ in you. You will simply appear selfrighteous and will be robbed of the true blessings that God has in store for you. But if you understand that Christ lives in you, you can truly love others with a deep, risky, selfless, and humble kind of love.
Precious Jesus, You poured Your love out for me on the cross. I want to walk in Your steps and love others. Please work in me to be able to show others a Jesus kind of love today and always. Amen.
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