It seems everyone is an expert in something these days. You can’t meet anyone without them telling you what sets them apart. Most of the time, it isn’t that impressive, but it is the card they hold on too. Jesus challenges us today to be known for something rare but vital. He tells us that people will know we are his disciples by our love for one another. in your Christian faith, what you known for?
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus was very specific that the world would know that we are one of his disciples by the way we love one another. It’s not by the t-shirt we wear or the church we attend but by how we treat each other. This has to be convicting to each and every Christian because it seems like the people we have the most difficulty with are fellow Christians. If there is infighting in the church or major drama between two people that diminishes our witness to the world.
Let’s clarify what Jesus means by loving one another. He doesn’t mean that we all get along and put on a face like everything is okay. I think He means the opposite. I believe Jesus is telling us that we should show the world how to work through issues like forgiveness and grace. Has someone mistreated you? Work through the problem and let reconciliation be the goal. Someone stumble into sin? Be the one to pick them up and dust them off instead of piling on. Every human is a flawed creature in need of the grace of Jesus Christ.
What Are You Known For?
What are you known for? Are you the type of person that shows love for one another or are known for your critical spirit? In an attempt to impress others, we will often separate ourselves from those we deem embarrassing. Jesus says that the world will know you are his disciples by your love for one another. Make an effort to be known for the right things.