“If You Love Me”
Do we really love Jesus? What is the criteria that shows we love Him? Jesus set the standard in John 14:15 ¾
“If you love Me, you will obey what I command.”
That is pretty clear isn’t it? One of the ways we show we love our LORD is doing what He asks us to do.
What does He want us to do? In Acts 1:8, it is very clear what He wants us to do.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
It is beyond question that this commission, given by Christ, applies to all of us who are born again. We are to be witnesses for Him.
I love the way Peter expresses what we should do as Christ followers ¾
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light …. Live such good lives among the pagans that though they accuse you of doing wrong, that they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.”
The Scriptures are clear — every born-again Christian is to be intentionally involved in lifting Jesus Christ up to a very needy world.
Listen to what Jesus said in John 12:32 ¾
“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
My brothers and sisters in Jesus — we need to lift Him up. He is the answer to the deepest needs of people’s lives.
I have, for a long time appreciated the teaching of Dr. Stephen Olford and his perspective on our responsibility as Christians ¾
“If ever the church is to fulfill its commission, it will be because Jesus Christ is exalted for who He is – for all He is – and because this message is passionately presented to a struggling society.”
Just recently, my administrative assistant called and talked to a young man who is terminally ill. She asked him if he knew he would go to heaven when his time came and his answer was, “I hope so.” Joan saw an opportunity and told him he could know for sure he would go to heaven when the time comes. Right over the phone, she led him to faith in Christ. She was in awe that the LORD could use her in this way. He departed to heaven on February 18th.
Are we passionate for Christ and about Him? Count Zinzendorf declared his own passion when he said, “I have only one passion, it is He, only He.”
Martin Luther, the great reformer said,
“I preach as though Christ was crucified yesterday, rose again from the dead today, and is coming back to earth tomorrow.”
The time for us to weep over the lost and witness to them about Jesus Christ, is while they are still alive. After they die, it is too late.
In Revelation 20:12-14, we read ¾ “And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead which were in it, and Death and Hades delivered the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
In Mark 16:15, our Living Lord said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” He gave this commission in one form or another in several places in the Scriptures. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-10)
It is clear that He meant that the gospel is to be proclaimed —
· In every country of the world.
· In every culture of the world.
· To every creature of the world.
Do we love our LORD?
Will we carry out the commands of our LORD? If we do, we will have the joy of experiencing what the Psalmist wrote about in Psalm 126:5-6 —
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Dearly beloved, let’s be faithful in sowing so that we can rejoice in reaping.