“Why are you still responding to situations as the world does, rather than how Jesus would respond? You still defend your reputation when He laid His down. You have difficulty forgiving small offenses. He forgave those who killed Him. You think mostly of yourself, while He is still your Advocate. I ask you once again to study His life. I need you to represent Him to your world. Time is so short and there are many who need to turn from their sin. Love them as He loved you. I do! Respond to that!”
Isaiah 28:9-10 TLB
9) “Who does Isaiah think he is”, the people say “to speak to us like this! Are we little children, barely old enough to talk?
10) He tells us everything over and over again, a line at a time and in such simple words!”
John 4:34 NIV
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
1 John 2:6 AMP
Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.
Most of us ask God to serve us rather than us serving Him. We surrender to Him through Jesus for our good, so that we can go to heaven; and then act as if He is our personal genie, who fulfills our commands, whims, and requests. We often forget that it is only through incredible mercy on God’s part that we even have the privilege of knowing the One True Living God at all.
Jesus is our example of living. As we study how He, as God, lived among those whom He had created, we - those of us who have His Spirit - are to live the same way. It is not an option; it is the way we reveal that we are really His.
Teach me Your ways, Lord,