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Caught Looking Like Jesus
The Pearce Memorial FM Church, North Chili, NY, had a ministry called the “Caught Doing Something Good Award.” Over the years pastors or others would periodically submitted the names of individuals or groups involved in various volunteer service projects and nominated them for this recognition and expression of appreciation.
What if we renamed this award and called it “Caught Looking Like Jesus” or “Caught Acting Like Jesus?” What might we use a reference points for nominations? Which, if any, of us might be nominated?
Here are some thoughts and Bible passages to consider. What ones would you add?
- Christian Discipleship is not about just learning more about Jesus. It is about becoming more like Jesus as we obey him and put into practice what he lived out and taught us.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- Jesus came to serve:
Matthew 20:26-28 (NASB) 26 “It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
- Service is not to draw attention to our self but to the One we serve:
Matthew 5:13-16 (NRSV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
- Faith in Jesus goes hand in hand with serving others or it is useless to God and ourselves:
James 1:26-27 (NASB) 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
James 2:15-20 (NRSV) 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder. 20 Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren?
Looking for some resources for becoming a blessing to the communities and neighbors around us? Check out these publications: The Tangible Kingdom, Linking Arm Linking Lives, and Churches that Make a Difference for starters.
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