but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

John 14:31   (NASB)

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Some of the last words of help, encouragement, advice and guidance that Christ gave His eleven disciples, shortly before He became the sin sacrifice for humanity, were that He did exactly as the Father commanded Him – so that the world would know that He loved the Father.

Throughout His life the Lord Jesus had demonstrated the very life that God created man to live – a life of utter dependence upon God and a life that is totally submitted to carry out the will of the Father – a life led by the Spirit of God and a life lived in humble obedience to God – a life that walked in sprit and truth and a life that always sought to glorify God and to carry out His will, both prayerfully and joyfully.

And so Christ gave some of the final words of counsel, exhortation, wisdom and grace, to the embryonic Church.. through the men who were to become the apostles and prophets of the New Testament. Jesus said: so that the world may know that I love the Father; I do exactly as the Father commands – and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Love as I have loved You.

In order to carry out that commandment of love, we first need to live our life on earth in the way that God created man to live.  We are callled to live a life of utter dependence upon Christ Jesus our Lord and a life that is totally submitted to Him.. one that listens to His voice and carries out His will – a life led by the Spirit of God and a life lived in humble obedience to God – a life that walks in sprit and truth and a life that always seeks to glorify God and to carry out His will, both prayerfully and joyfully.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that in Christ I have been brought back into fellowship with You and adopted into Your family. I pray that I may live my life to the glory of God and that I may carry out Your will and purpose in my life – not in my own strength, but in utter dependence upon You, and in total submission to the Holy Spirit.. so that the life of Christ may be lived through me – to Your praise and glory, AMEN

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