I stayed home for most of today, but for a few hours in the afternoon I joined my husband at the school for registration. Over the course of 47 years though I have been to a variety of places. If I could list all the places I’ve been to over the years you could probably tell what kind of person I am. For example I generally shop for groceries at a health food store. I am in church on most weekends. As a mom to four children, I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen, at the playground and occasional trips to the zoo. To name just a few more places I like to go: libraries, book stores, yard sales and gardens.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:26, “If anyone wants to follow me, let him model his life after mine. Then where I am, my servant will also be.” When I read the gospels I can see where Jesus spent a good portion of his time: With other people. Why? Because He loved them. But let me not forget the last sentence of that text, “Then where I am, my servant will be also.” Also let me not forget His command in John 13;24, “I want to tell you to love one another. You must love each other as I have loved you.”
When I think back I doubt I ever spent as much time as Jesus in the places He would have been. I seriously doubt I’ve ever loved anyone as much as Jesus did either. He died for you and me. I, on the other hand, generally tend to be a little more selfish with my life than the example that Jesus gave me. For example: When the pastor’s wife recently dropped by our house to borrow our phone, (she had locked hers in the car upon arrival at the church to pull weeds), I cheerfully let her borrow the phone, but I just couldn’t bring myself to volunteer to help pull the weeds. I had several good excuses, it was blazing hot outside, we had just moved, and a couple of months before I had helped her pull the weeds at the church! I think it would be helpful if I remember these words from Jesus as well, “If a person lives only for himself, he’ll lose eternal life. But if he dies to self and lives for others, he’ll produce a harvest of good things and receive life eternal.” John 12:25
I want to tell you to love one another. You must love each other as I have loved you. People will know that you are my disciples by how much you love each other. John 13:24