Getting Real for Jesus: Everyday Lessons from Timeless Teachings
In today's world, where things often seem fake or shallow, being genuine to ourselves is essential. "Getting Real for Jesus" is all about finding real meaning in our lives by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. It's a guide for anyone looking to live a life that's honest, caring, and meaningful.
Loving for Real
It all starts with a special kind of love that Jesus talked about in Matthew 22:37-38, where He tells us to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds. This isn't about just saying prayers or following rituals without thinking. It's about loving God in a way that changes how we see the world and what we care about. Can we find time in our busy lives to connect with God and let His love guide our actions?
James 1:22-25 tells us it's not enough to listen to God's word; we must do what it says. Being natural means putting our beliefs into action and making choices that show we live by the values we talk about. It's about being the same person in public and private, ensuring our actions match our words.
Daring to be Different
Romans 12:2 challenges us to think differently from the world around us and to change our thinking to understand what God wants for us. It's about having the courage to stand up for what's right, even when it goes against what everyone else is doing. This change starts inside us and shows how we live, aiming to do what pleases God.
Sticking Together in Truth
True friendship and community are all about being honest with each other, as 1 John 1:6-7 suggests. We can't say we follow Jesus if we do not live lives that match His teachings—being genuine means being the same person on the inside as we are on the outside, building relationships based on truth, respect, and caring for each other.
Looking Beyond the Now
Sometimes, we get so caught up in daily life that we forget about the bigger picture. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reminds us to focus on the things that last forever, not just what's happening today. This outlook helps us see past our current problems and focus on growing Spiritually.
Living the Spirit Life
Galatians 5:22-23 describes a life influenced by the Holy Spirit: full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Being authentic for Jesus means these qualities become a natural part of who we are, showing in everything we do.
Loving with All We've Got
Philippians 1:9-11 is like our goal—to love more and more, with the wisdom that helps us make the best choices. Being natural means living a life overflowing with goodness and truth, all for Jesus' glory.
"Getting Real for Jesus" is about living a life filled with compassion and truth, pushing us to help others and stand up for what's right. It means making every decision purposefully and living in a way that shows Jesus' love through us.
So, let's move forward, encouraged by these words but driven by our desire to make a difference. Let's aim to live lives that show the best of what it means to follow Jesus, growing in love and honesty as we go. May our actions, words, and hearts always reflect His teachings and be powered by His love. Let's make it real for Jesus, now and every day ahead.