The Christian life is not an easy life. There’s nothing in the bible that says in the moment we allow Jesus into our lives, it’ll be smooth sailing from there on out. In fact, the waters will get a bit rough as we face criticism and disapproval from those around us. Watch today’s video as we learn how to follow in the humble and servant-hearted footsteps of Jesus, while living in a world consumed by status and authority…
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
In the bible, when people started to follow Jesus, he had to warn them that it is a difficult path! He says, if you want to follow me, the things that I am going to call you to do, the people who I am going to call you to love, and the life that I am going to call you to live are not popular! We live in a culture that thrives off of privilege, narcissism, and significance; in the middle of this, Jesus calls us into humility.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
1 John 3:16