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Come to Jesus

John 6:25 (NKJV) And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” This question was asked by a multitude of people who had witnessed the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people. When they had eaten and were full, they saw Jesus walk alone into the mountain and the disciples get in the boat to depart on the sea. They knew the disciples’ boat from all the rest, and they knew the first place to start looking for Jesus so He could feed them again was Capernaum, and they were right. They were seeking Jesus, but for the wrong reason. They were seeking Him only to be fed, but not to believe in Him and have a relationship with Him.

It’s just like many today who seek Christ for what He has, but not want to surrender to who He is. These are crisis Christians and situational saints and Sunday soloists—Sunday being the only day an hour is given to Him. And here’s the deal, God knows who and why we show up. Some will come to Jesus for the social status, but the Lord knows when our hearts are far from Him. No one can fool God!

The good news of this is that when those people came looking for Jesus, they found Him. They never saw Jesus get into the boat, but they had a good idea where the disciples were. And today if you are seeking Jesus, you should go to where you believe His disciples have gathered. Jesus didn’t tell the multitude to go away because they sought for the wrong reasons, He told them the truth about who He was, “I am the bread of life.” People come to Christ for many reasons. Why do you?

Can You Demonstrate Please?

Something that really annoyed me at times when I was younger was being imitated or copied by someone else, usually my brother.  His intent was not to learn anything, but to aggravate, like any good brother would do.  On some jobs new employees are given training partners whose job is to demonstrate how to do what is required, what is safe, and what are the standard procedures for the company and position.  Becoming a follower of Christ is no different.  Jesus meant for the mature followers to demonstrate to others how to live out lives that honor God.  Recently I was giving a message on our Baby Dedication Sunday, and I spoke about how parents are to, “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.” —Proverbs 22:6.  Our children and grandchildren need to see a good demonstration in living color of how to live and to love as Christ did.  The training period is hard sometimes, because willingness is not always there on either side, the trainee or the trainer.  Demonstrating the love of God is also challenging because God has not called us to just love who we love and like already, but to love even those who cross us and hurt us.  The training also lasts for an extended period of time—it actually never ends.  But at some point, you should be receiving some help in this training.  If you have been demonstrating the Christ life and showing how to love as Christ did, at some point point the one you are training will allow another trainer to step into their lives.  The other trainer is the Holy Spirit.  What a great advantage when you have someone on the inside who understands the requirements and standard procedures even better than you do.  You can do all you can do to demonstrate how to live and love as Christ did, but then you must trust the Holy Spirit on the inside.  If the one you are training goes astray, sometimes all you can do is pray.  But you can pray believing the trainer on the inside is still there and is able to redirect and empower every life to live and to love as Christ did.  Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

You really can’t train how to live and love as Christ did without an object to demonstrate on.  God will always make sure you have someone in your life that will test your training abilities.  God will make sure you have the opportunity to faithfully take up your cross and love with sacrificial love to reflect His Son.  Don’t be just a spokesman for the faith in God, be the demonstrator God has called and equipped you to be.  Let me ask you, who has God placed in your life right now testing your ability to love as Christ did?  God has placed that person there to prove His Son lives in you.  Go out today and imitate the love of Christ to others, demonstrating how to live and to love like Him.

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