Submitted by Larry Struck
|Theme:||Following Jesus' example|
|Scripture:||"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35|
Have you noticed how we can recognize what things are by just simply watching and listening carefully?
One day, as I was driving along the highway, I looked to my left and saw a bird flying. Can you tell me what kind of a bird it was? Well, what if it told you it was brown? Now can you identify it? Still not enough information? Let’s see, it was a big brown bird with a white head. That’s right, it was a bald eagle.
Why, there’s another bird, this one is a robin I think. How could you tell it’s a robin just by seeing it?
Listen - did you hear that? It sounded like a crow to me. I believe it’s sitting up at the top of that tree across the street. How does a crow sound?
There is a beautiful bird that sings a joyous song. Do you know what kind of bird it is? I think it is a Jesus Bird. That is kind of silly isn’t it? But, if there was a Jesus Bird, how could we recognize it do you think? What song would it sing?
In the Bible, there is a verse where Jesus says, “Love one another, even as I have loved you … so that all men will know that you are My disciples.”
Can we tell by observing people’s behavior if they are Jesus’ followers? I think we can, if we live the way Jesus wants us to live our lives.
Dear Lord, we thank you for our eyes and ears that help us know how Jesus wants us to live our lives and that we are able to recognize other Christians. Thank you for our hearts that help us feel love for one another. Amen.
Note: After this was written I decided to do a Google search for a Jesus Bird. To my surprise there is such a bird. It lives in Australia and its real name is comb-crested Jacana. It is called a Jesus Bird because it appears to walk on water.
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