We’re here on this planet for the simplest of reasons: to love our neighbors as ourselves.
When we love our neighbors, we’re happy! That’s because loving your neighbor as yourself is fulfilling.
Last time, I promised to say something about the mentality of discipleship. As we discussed, some people will think that all you have to do is accept Christ. After that, you can sit around and wait for the Second Coming.
That’s not quite right. Saying the words just isn’t enough, not if you want to see your life transformed by the Spirit. You have to live your salvation, and living your salvation is living the lifestyle of Jesus. It’s having the discipleship mentality.
I truly, truly, truly, believe this. Salvation is not the whole story. It is fundamental, sure. It’s the key. It’s the beginning. You have to be saved. You have to recognize what Jesus Christ did. You have to know that He died on that cross. He took your sins. He took the blame. He took it all.
But He also taught us to pray for God’s kingdom on earth. He discipled us. He called us to live the life that He lived.
And that’s simple. Love your neighbor as yourself. Whether you’re rich or poor or in between, your joy will come from the way you use the gifts you’ve been given.
How are we supposed to use the gifts we’ve been given? Use them to live the lifestyle of Jesus! This is what I teach my children. Life isn’t about how much money you make. It’s not about fame, either. It’s not about what you can get. Life is about what you can do. What can you do? Love your neighbor as yourself!
Loving my neighbor as myself is the concept that I’ve built my life around. When I use my gifts to love my neighbor, I feel like I’m fulfilling my life’s goal. It’s fulfilling to do something good. It’s really fulfilling to do something good for somebody else, with no thought of a return. Do something good. Do it simply because you love humanity. It feels great!
Do you believe in Jesus? If so, then how do you use your gifts? Do you use them to love others? Then congratulations! You’re on the course of discipleship. You are living the lifestyle of Jesus.
See you Monday.