Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Not Just Our Actions

JOHN 13:15-16 – For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”


THEME OF THE DAY:  NOT JUST OUR ACTIONS.  Today’s scripture is part of the account of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet.  The specific words our Lord speaks about Him being an example applies in the context of humble service modeling Him, but this goes beyond the action.  The Christian life contains actions that flow from our attitudes and motivations behind the actions.  Remember, the Lord looks at the heart first and foremost.


King Solomon wrote a wisdom book we should frequent often to keep the right perspective on life in this world. As he unfolds the folly and vanity of seeking satisfying and meaningful purpose and pleasure in the things of this world, he concludes the book with what life is all about, preparing for Judgment Day – The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). We know the Judgment Seat of Christ looms for all of us.  The Apostle Paul reminds us of this serious day of accounting – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil (2 Corinthians 5:10).  We shouldn’t be afraid as our sins won’t be judged. The Lord Jesus took the punishment for our sins, but we should be wise and live preparing for that day.  Remember, each day, we are writing by our actions and yes, attitudes, what will be judged.  So, do what King Solomon exhorts – prepare by fearing God, and obeying Him.   And to that end, here is a word of encouragement.


As Christians, we represent Christ and that in our relationships. So, be quick to forgive and restore, refuse to harbor offenses and bitterness, always give grace, love without conditions and partiality, build others up in truth and with gentleness, and constantly keep before us how Jesus treats us – Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2). And remember, at the Judgment Seat of Christ it won’t just be our actions judged, but our attitude and treatment of others as well (Ephesians 5:1).


PRAYER: “Father, help me to always remember how You treat me so I might treat others in the same manner.”


QUOTE: “How we treat others, even those who hurt and sin against us, reveals what we know of God’s treatment of us.”


In the affection of Christ Jesus,


Pastor Jim