Walk as Jesus Did
‘Preach the gospel always and when necessary use words.’ That quote has been attributed to Francis of Assisi for many years, I have used it myself from time to time. It seems however, that it may not have been the exact words the Franciscan spoke or he may not have said it at all. Regardless of the origin, the thought behind the phrase is valid for work place believers.
Paul dramatically expressed what love is in 1 Cor 13:4-8a, 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails
In today’s society of hypocrisy, the last thing we as Christ followers should do is not ‘practice what we preach.’ I’m not saying it’s always going to be easy, however if we have the love of Christ in us, then we must work diligently to show that love to the world.
On the day we set aside to celebrate love, let us celebrate the ultimate example of love, the selfless act of Christ dying for us because of our Fathers love for humanity.
Walk as Jesus Did
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
“This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6).
I have always found the above verse very intimidating. It says that if we are truly living in Christ, we must walk as Jesus did. How did Jesus walk? He healed the sick. He perceived the needs and situations of others supernaturally. He spoke boldly into the lives of the unsaved. He met the needs of people by leading them to the Kingdom of God. Jesus says we must walk as He did. So, I can only conclude from this verse that if we are each called to live this way, He will also equip us to live this way.
How did Jesus walk? He walked on earth as a human being, not as God, yet He was God. His miracles were done as a human being who tapped into the power of His Heavenly Father. This is why he can exhort us to live like He did not as deity, but as a human being who could appropriate all the Father had for him. This is what He means when He says “live as He lived.” We are to exercise obedience and faith just as He did.
I believe we live in a day that requires more than proclamation evangelism to break through in the workplace. We live and work in a skeptical society. It takes more than reasoning to see those in the workplace come to Christ. The workplace is trained to see past phonies. So, it will require the genuine love and power of Christ to be manifested to break through to a Muslim co-worker, a power-driven executive, or a foul-mouthed customer.
Jesus modeled a way of reaching the lost. He did not use reasoning to convince a person to follow him. He often operated in the supernatural revelation about a need in that person’s life. Such was the case of the Samaritan woman. This encounter not only led to a woman placing her faith in the Messiah, but it led to the transformation of a city.
Next time you have an encounter with an unsaved associate, find out about a need they have and ask God how you can meet it through His power.