Just be Jesus! It’s as simple as that, however, we all need to get to know Jesus before we can be Jesus. I get into a lot of trouble at times, surprise…. surprize, because I am fond of telling people, “don’t believe what anybody tells you about God, check it out for yourself in the bible”. I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit will be our guide and teacher about ALL things of God. We have to take the initiative and engage God through reading His word, prayer, praise and attending church. It is a jambalya of activity with the sole intention of growing a closer relationship with the King of Kings.
I often sit back in amazement that the Creator God loves me. Little old me, sinner and at times in my life a wretch-of-wretches. All that changed when I gave my life to the control of Jesus Christ. It has been an amazing ride and I can see many more blessings down the road before going home. When I say, “just be Jesus”, the implication is that we guide all we do through Love. Jesus is Love and His example and teachings give us all we need to follow in His footsteps. His word shows us the way,
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. [1Co 13:1-7 NLT]
Recently, God has been putting on my heart that all of us are in ministry! All of us have a calling in our unique ways to be Jesus. I am thankful that God made it clear to me what mine is, through BBQ, and we all have a way to make Jesus the focus of our activities. The point is that we all need to embrace our unique role of ministry and put it on display for others to observe and for us to focus on.
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, "I am not part of the body because I am not an eye," would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? 18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you." 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ's body, and each of you is a part of it. [1Co 12:14-27 NLT]
One of the unique ministries that Caroline and I share together is our “listening” ministry. That’s right, we consider it ministry by being good listeners, engaged listeners to others situations and challenges. Unfortunately it’s rare to find people who truly listen to you and are interested in what’s going on in your world without trying to “fix” or “judge” the situation. That’s a great ministry that I would encourage you to acknowledge and adopt in your daily walk through life. Find your role, find your ministry, make it known to others and draw closer to our Loving Father in the process. If you haven’t given your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, today would be a great day to do that. Give it to God. What are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)