Hey guys! So it’s been awhile since I last posted. My bad 🙂 just been really busy but I worked on this the last week so enjoy! …Plus I have something else in the works… I’ll talk about that at the end.
So it is obviously Good Friday and we have Easter coming up on Sunday. So I was just going through the whole story these last few weeks from the triumphant Palm Sunday entrance to the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the cross and the wonderful day of Easter where he was resurrected! The one theme that stuck out to me this year was God’s love. There is NOTHING else in the world that can describe true love more than when God gave up his only son for us. Just think about that for a second… or two… or more haha. Seriously though, it’s still pretty amazing every time I think about it even though I think about it so often.
First thing to think about is that to love you must be a servant to others. At the Last Supper, Jesus started right off the bat by washing his disciple’s feet. Remember, in those days people wore sandals so their feet were pretty stinky (kinda like mine after a soccer game lol) so washing the feet was left to the servant because it was a disgusting job. So the disciples were kinda like… we’re supposed to be the ones following… why is he washing our feet??? Peter was the only one of them who did anything and… [Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!” John 13:8a]. [“If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.” John 13:8b]
So some of you guys might be like whoa there Jesus why are you getting all upset at Peter just because he didn’t want you to wash his feet? You see, Jesus was just trying to communicate to Peter that if you aren’t a servant, then you aren’t a good leader. If you truly love someone or something then you will show that by being a servant. The lady in charge of my youth group is an absolutely amazing example when it comes to this. Wow. Can’t really describe how much she does for everyone in the group. She works to make our events, make sure that everyone is working well together in a group and she really cares about every single person. This is my second year as a small group leader and she has been such a great help to me and all the other small group leaders. I think she has already filled out at least 3 or 4 scholarship recommendations for me lol and done SOO much more! But the point is if you don’t have the mentality of a servant in love; then you miss the whole point of love itself- which is to put the other person above yourself.
Another point is that when you love you should want to bring glory/ show your love to the person/thing that love is directed toward. When Jesus was on his way to Garden of Gethsemane he prayed to God. John 17:1, 6a and 26 say, “After Jesus finished saying this, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you”…I have made you known to those you gave me out of the world… I made you known to them, and I will continue to do so, in order that the love you have for me may be in them, and so that I also may be in them.” The main aim of Jesus coming down was to, yes, save us, but also to point us in the direction of the only one who can save us. God!!! If you read what Jesus said he was continually pointed to his Father and saying that everything he could do comes from God. So when it comes to God, everything we do should be for his glory and to show other people how awesome he is. When it comes to family, close friends, friends, acquaintances etc. just show them how much you care for them. Now you can’t be perfect (I’m definitely not haha) but most of the time you can make them feel good. Be really interested in their lives, what they enjoy, and congratulate them on their accomplishments. This is really good stuff… Jesus is the ultimate example of this 😀
There are so many ways that we see God’s love at work. It’s absolutely ridiculous how big far and wide his love is. We can’t love as good as he does no matter how hard we try because we are human; however, that’s why we keep climbing. Don’t be satisfied if you’re a “mature” Christian. You’ve come so far… so WHY would you stop? Keep trying to model God’s love in your life to everyone and in everything you do. Always remember, only God can truly satisfy you because everything comes from him. There are so many super-cool things in this world that he gives to us… all of them are wonderful 🙂 and I’m not saying don’t enjoy stuff lol. I’m just saying make sure Jesus stays where he belongs… numero uno 🙂 Just remember to always strive to do your best to mirror his love to an unbelieving world and love everyone you know with his love!!!!!!
God loves you more than anyone else ever can 🙂
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1moaW6NGmU I know it’s a little kid band but hey… it just is my favorite version of the song More.
P.S. *SPOILER ALERT* So I’m working on this super epic blog post that I’m really excited about… and it comes out in a little over a week. I’ll probably post whatever God puts on my heart next week but there’s A LOT of work going into this epic one… thus the fewer posts lately. Get excited lol