If someone were to ask you what difference does it make whether I listen to the Word of God or not, what answer would you give? These Egyptians would answer the difference is life and death. Those who feared the Word of the LORD hurriedly put their slaves and livestock into the houses and saved their lives. From this event, the answer to the question is obvious.
In Deuteronomy 30:19-20, God sets before the Israelites the choice of life and death, blessing and curse. He implores them to choose life by loving Him, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him.
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 adds thought-provoking insights for believers. "For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?"
Am I just an impotent whiff of aroma, or am I a potent aroma? Are we bold enough to say the choice is life and death?
Holy Spirit, we want to be a bold fragrance.
To me, this passage is one of the most amazing verses in all Scripture. The events of the Last Supper in John 13, remind me of this passage. Jesus was a humble man, but for Him to wash the feet of the disciples was a surprising gesture. His washing their feet is an example of "having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end." This act is just a foretaste of the washing to come on Calvary.
In this passage, Jesus does the same thing for His servants who are ready, prepared and expecting His return. He "will dress himself for service," make them comfortable and then serve them! The King of kings, Lord of lords, the One to whom every knee shall bow is the One who will again humble Himself and serve those prepared for His return. This display of humility overwhelms me.
Just as John the Baptist’s role was to prepare the people for Jesus’ first appearance, do I have a responsibility to prepare them for His second? Am I a servant who is faithful and wise? Am I providing for His household their portion at the proper time?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
In John 13:34-35, Jesus says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The best way to understand Jesus' command to "love one another, just as I have loved you" is to replace the word and its pronouns in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 with the name Jesus, i.e., Jesus is patient. After reading the passage using Jesus, reread it using your name, Roy is patient. By reading this passage with those minor adjustments, my response is, Jesus most definitely fulfills this definition of love but does Roy (do you)?
Wouldn't it be more obvious who Jesus' disciples were if we loved like this?
Jesus, I quickly see You described in this definition of love. Forgive me, because I cannot honestly say the same about myself. I want the world to know I am a disciple of Yours. Holy Spirit, hold this verse before me and please strengthen me to live like my Savior and King.