“Because that for His name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles” 3 John 7 (emphasis supplied).
This morning I was given some thoughts about how as devotees and disciples of our Heavenly Father and His Son Christ Jesus we should display our love for Them.
Christ Jesus gave us a clue on how our love for Him should exhibit itself in His conversation with Simon Peter as recorded in John 21: 15-17
15 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea Lord; thou knowest I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs”. 16 “ He saith to him again a second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea Lord; thou knowest I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep”. 17 “He saith unto him the third time , Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto himthe third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep”.
To my mind, in effect Jesus said, “Identify yourself with MY interests in other people, not, “Identify ME with your interests in other people”. 1 Cor. 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love. It is actually the love of God expressing itself inside of and through His disciples. The true test of my love for Jesus is a very practical one, in that I must allow Him to let me see other people through His eyes and the rest is merely logical. In other words, faithfulness to Jesus Christ is the Supernatural work of redemption that has been performed in me by His Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul describes it this way, “And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”. Rom. 5:5
The key to a disciple of Jesus’ devotion, is that he/she is attached to nothing and to nobody except our Lord Himself and it does not just mean becoming detached from the external things around us, because as we explore the life of our Lord and Saviour whilst He was living among humanity we discover that the Lord was very much in touch with the ordinary everyday things of life. For instance He loved the people around Him and took an interest in their lives. He also supplied food for multitudes and He was keenly interested in the health of the people, He healed multitudes, to just mention but a few everyday externals, but He did not internally dwell upon those necessities of life for Himself (see John 4:31-34; Matt 6:25-30), instead, internally He had an inner detachment only for His Father. John 8:29. That is not saying that He didn’t care about ordinary people, He did, for it is recorded that “God is love” 1 John 4:8;16 but for Himself, He drew all His needs from His Father in Heaven.
The duty of a faithful disciple is to concentrate on keeping his soul completely and continually open to the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. The men and women our Lord sends out on His missions are ordinary men and women, but the difference is that true disciples have the mind of Christ 1 Cor 2:16 and to be found in that condition have made the choice to allow His mind to control their every thought word and deed. (Phil. 2:5;13), That is people who are controlled by their devotion to Him, and that devotion is brought about by the work of His Holy Spirit inside them.
That’s the position that He wants His disciples to be in, then, through His Spirit in you, He will go to work.