I attended an event this evening called “Sons of Thunder”. It’s basically a time for Christian men to gather in fellowship, praise, and testimony. While I enjoyed the food, fellowship, praise, and testimonies, what really stuck out to me about the evening was what happened afterward. As I was sitting in my car waiting to pull into the line heading for the exit, many cars passed by before one finally flashed their lights to tell me to pull in ahead of them. Now, I had plenty of time to get home, and I wasn’t experiencing a case of road-rage. It did make me reflect, though, on how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:34-35
Can people really tell that we are disciples of Jesus by the way we treat other Christians? By the way we talk about other Christians? Jesus loved us so much that He put us before Himself. He died on the cross to save us from our sins while we were still actively opposed to Him. (Romans 5:8) When was the last time we put another Christian before our own wants and desires?
There’s even a difference between being generous and putting someone before myself. I can be generous and share my meal with a hungry man, but when was the last time I used my last $4 to buy a hungry person a meal rather than myself? Do I truly think of other Christians as my brothers? Do I treat them as such?
It’s time we stopped paying lip-service to the commandments of Christ, and started putting them into practice. Jesus didn’t call us to be Christians. He didn’t call us to be believers. He called us to be disciples. He called us to follow Him. (Matthew 4:19) Believing in Jesus won’t get you anywhere. Even the demons believe. (James 2:19) We have to deny ourselves and love each other…even when it isn’t easy. (Luke 9:23-26)