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Faithfulness Is Key

Jesus calls all who will listen to come to Him for forgiveness and salvation. God has chosen all who will believe to become His children and to inherit eternal life. Peter says that we need to faithfully confirm our calling and election as God’s people. He wrote:

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

Faith in Christ is not a one-and-done kind of arrangement. Once you put your faith in Jesus, you are called to a daily denial of self and a daily taking up of your cross. It’s called faithfulness. Jesus saves us and we, in turn, live faithful lives of obedience to Him. As we grow in faith we begin to look more like Him and less like the world. We sin less even though we will never be sinless. We love God and people more each day until the day He returns and takes us home.

Above All…Love

Being a follower of Jesus Christ means that we are to do one thing really, really well. Peter wrote:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

We are to love well. Notice that Peter doesn’t say that we hate deeply. He doesn’t say that are to protest everything we disagree with. He doesn’t say that we are to be divided against other believers because they believe a little differently or take a different political stance. He doesn’t say that we should hold a grudge well. He doesn’t say that we need to be more right than anyone else. He doesn’t say to go to church well. He doesn’t even say that we are to believe deeply. It’s a good thing to go to church and to have deep convictions about our faith in Jesus Christ. But the hallmark of EVERY believer in Christ is love. We must LOVE one another. That means that we serve one another in love and forgive one another in love. The love of Jesus covers our sins and our love for one another should do the same. So whatever you think, say or do as a Christian, above all…love.

Our Cornerstone

Peter says that Jesus is the One on whom the foundation of our faith is laid. Not only that, but Jesus is the One on whom the church is built. When Peter confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, Jesus told him that His church would be built on that confession. Jesus is the Cornerstone. Peter wrote in his first letter:

 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.” – 1 Peter 2:6 (NIV)

Peter was quoting the prophet Isaiah and pointing to Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy. God said that He would lay this foundation for our faith and the church in Zion, or Jerusalem. It was in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead. Everything hinges upon this event. The death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ is what it all boils down to. Jesus died and rose again and this is the foundation of our faith and His church.

More Of Jesus, Less Of Me

Scripture is full of challenging words and John 3:30 is no exception.

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. – John 3:30 (NLT)

John the Baptist, Jesus’ relative, was deflecting criticism of Jesus.  John’s disciples were complaining that people were abandoning John and going to Jesus.  John knew that his purpose had been fulfilled.  He had been sent to testify about Jesus.  Now that people were starting to follow Christ, John’s mission was complete.  He was sent to point the way to the Messiah.  People were beginning to believe in Jesus and follow Him.  In verse 30 of chapter 3 of the Gospel of John, John the Baptist sums up one of the most important aspects of being a follower of Jesus.  There must be more of Jesus in our lives and less of ourselves.

May there be an abundant increase of Jesus in our lives today and may the Holy Spirit empty us of ourselves.

Have a great weekend!


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