Monday, February 8, 2016

Last weekend I spent the weekend, or most of it at my local IF:Gathering.  This movement of women seeks to gather, equip & unleash a generation of women.  Women who are in relationship with Christ.  This year the focus was on "what if we lived like Jesus?"  And really, isn't that what we are called to do?

 Believe in Him - yes, but James tells us that even the demons do that.

  Believe Him and what he says.  Oh yes.

But to live LIKE HIM.  Well....  That's when it gets a little harder.  Because if we live like him, that calls us out of our comfort zones, I don't care who you are.

To be compassionate enough to love the unlovable, confident enough to speak truth even when it is not politically correct, to look everyone in the eye.  Jesus - he loved even when his closest friends abandoned him.  We get insulted if someone says the wrong thing to us.

But really, it's simple.  Jesus summed it up, not in 12 steps, but in 2:
Love God
Love Others

Simple, but incredibly hard.  Because the truth is, I love me.  My comfort, my rights, my opinions.

This weekend, almost all of the material came from the gospel of John.  So today, I am starting a treasure hunt - to find out what Jesus did so that I can follow his example.  Not just reading the words Jesus said, but really looking at what He DID.  I am not sure what I'll find as dig in to the Gospel of John, but I do know it will be worth the effort.

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