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. From Scripture, it is easy to see that he really loved Jesus. In John 13:25 and John 21:20 , we see him reclining on Christ's chest and talking with Him. John kept as close as he could to Jesus. 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." That precious description of John is found five times in the New Testament (John 13:23; John 19:26; John 20:2; Genesis 21:7, John 21:20). Are you enjoying life as God meant it to be by experiencing true Christlike humility?
Loyalty: John always wanted to be wherever Jesus was. Nothing kept him away. It was a passion he had and kept. John was at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1); he witnessed the raising of Jairus's daughter (Mark 5:37); and he was invited into the intimate moments of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33). Are you experiencing the utter completion offered through loyalty to Christ and His family?
Responsibility: John earned Christ's trust by his obedience. If Jesus gave him a job, he did it wholeheartedly. He was disciplined to the point of being trustworthy. That is why we see the touching moment at the cross when 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. Nothing could deflect him; 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! Get exposed to Christ today. Then live with the "symptoms of exposure to Him" flowing from your life. ReadRevelation 1; look at who Jesus really is! See what John saw. Like John, invite Jesus to be near you. Then, for His glory, He will make you authentic, humble, loyal, responsible, and tenacious!
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