Date: October 18, 2011
Verse: John 13:34-35
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
A while back, my wife and I (along with three other couples from church) traveled from our home in NE Oklahoma, to New Orleans. Two of the couples went ahead of us so that they could spend the night in Jackson, Mississippi, while the rest of us would catch up them during the night. So, I had DVD’s packed up, my iphone fully charged with all my music, and snack foods to help pass the 12 hour drive.
Driving at night has its disadvantages for me, mainly because I love to look outside and see all the surroundings. However, just south of Memphis and north of Jackson, I could see some kind of light shinning off a hill. I couldn’t tell what it was for a few minutes, but as we got closer, I realized that this light I had been seeing for a few miles, high above the road, was actually a cross all lit up. It was AMAZING…and so pretty! Out in the middle of knowhere, was this awesome illuminated cross, sitting there for everyone on that lonely stretch of highway, to see.
Not only did the cross reminded me of what my Jesus went through for me; that he died for me so that he could live in me. However, it also reminded me that at times, I don’t show it as much as I should. What do others see in you? Do they see Christ, dying on that cross?
We are commanded to love one another, so that others can see Christ in us and come to find Christ for themselves. Let that be the missions statement of our lives. Let that be our goal, not to blast one another on Facebook or talk behind someone’s back. It took me a while to realize what this light was I was seeing on the highway, but once I saw it, it was amazing and beautiful.
The same can be said about our fellow humans. It may take a while for us to see the love in someone, but spend time with them, and that love will become greater, and when they see Christ’s love in you, and then want that same love…that light will shine so much brighter!