Dear Church Family,
You are what you eat as the saying goes. Take a look at what Jesus was saying in John 6:
“…that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 6:40
“ Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 6:54
Looking-believing and feeding-drinking, this is the life of someone who is following Jesus. Take a minute and think about how this ought to transform our lives. Do we trust/consume the self-sacrificing love of Christ as the source to empower, strengthen, and direct our lives?
Jesus came in the flesh to give that flesh for the life of the world (John 6:51). Are you following that example? Or do you find yourself only serving if it does not threaten the normal way you live your life? Are you willing to allow the incarnation (in-fleshing of God) to actually change the way you do life?
I know it is a lot of questions, but what is astounding about Jesus is that He left the glory of the Father’s presence to enter into a difficult, dangerous, death ridden world in flesh and blood. One of the greatest barriers to Christians living like Jesus is our love of our time and personal lifestyle. It’s the reason we are more willing to send money (if it doesn’t hurt us financially) than we are to invite a neighbor over for dinner, invite people to move in with us, or move overseas. We want to help but not if it means actually changing our own lifestyle. I think it’s a result of munching on something other than the Christ who came in flesh and blood. It was not convenient, safe, or easy for Jesus to take on flesh and blood but it leads to life.
Just ask the Father this week how He would want you to live like Jesus. I mean really live like Jesus. Then do it. If you’re struggling to do it, then call us and we will pray for you. Ask one of your faith family to help you follow Christ, and you both can hold each other accountable.
We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!