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A Closer Look at Jesus…

As I was sitting in church this past Sunday the preacher was talking about a church that is transformed by Jesus. He was saying that in order to have a church that is transformed its members need to be individually transformed by God.

He reminded us that we need to take a closer look at the life of Jesus. Yes, His death, burial and resurrection are CRUCIAL to our faith but there was more to Jesus than just His death. His death would mean NOTHING if He hadn’t lived the life that He did.

One of my favorite verses of the Bible is John 21:25. “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written…”

I was reminded of what Jesus did while He walked on this planet.

  • He reached out to the fishermen (Matthew 4:18-19) and they became His closest friends and followers.
  • He took the time to listen to those around Him and do what He could to help them (Mark 10:46-52).
  • He let the little children come to Him (Matthew 19:14).
  • He took the time to really get alone with God (Luke 5:16).
  • Those who struggled to see Him; He saw them and let them know (Luke 19:1-6).
  • He ate with the “sinners” (Matthew 9:10-17).
  • Tax collectors became beloved disciples (Matthew 9:9-13).
  • He stuck up for and defended those who were ridiculed (Luke 7:36-50, John 8:1-11)
  • He talked with those whom society said Jews shouldn’t associate with (John 4)

And He did SO much more… He took the world and turned it upside down. Instead of fighting back when one was wronged He taught to turn the other cheek. He encouraged us to go the extra mile, love our enemies, bless those who wrong us and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:38-48).

I’ve been noticing that often times we lose faith. We think that this world is doomed and there’s no hope. We’ve just gone too far. Let me remind you that NOTHING IS TOO FAR GONE FOR GOD TO SAVE. He just so happens to specialize in taking broken situations and bringing good out of them (Genesis 50:20).

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
~2 Chronicles 7:14

If we choose to LOOK at what the Bible says, commit to living it in our lives to the best of our ability, and choose to SEE everyone we come into contact with like Jesus does. Maybe, just maybe this world would become a better place. We can’t wait for someone else to move. If we call ourselves a Christian we NEED TO BE ACTING ON THAT BELIEF, AND LIVING OUT WHAT WE KNOW TO BE TRUE IN EVERY AREA OF OUR LIVES. Even those areas that people don’t see—often times those are the most important and where we can make the greatest impact. Change starts with us individually taking that first step to say with boldness (Acts 4:29) that we will CHOOSE to serve God this day (Josh 24:14-15).

God has graciously given us everything that we need for this life and the tasks that we face (2 Peter 1:3). It’s time we start using what He has given us and follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21) to change this world and show the love of Christ to all.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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