Reading John 14:15-31, I can not imagine how the disciples would have felt hearing this. Jesus is leaving them. He makes it clear. He’s gonna send help, and God is going to be with them. But Jesus is leaving. And His main point is to do what He has told them. What has He told them at this point? Love God, love others, don’t fall into the systems around them, be pure, and tell everyone about God’s Kingdom. Heal the sick, help the poor, laugh with the happy, and cry with the sad. Do those things, and you love Jesus. Don’t do those things, and you don’t.
How are we doing? How am I doing? What about you? What about your local church? Or the American church? Or the church worldwide? Are we known for these things? No, we aren’t. We’re known for a lot of stuff, but not much in the above list. How do we change it? We don’t start by trying to change the church worldwide. We start on the other end of the spectrum. We start with me. With you. Am I known for that list? I don’t think so. I need to love others more. I need to help the poor and outcast more. I need to do more to help heal the sick. There is much for me to change.
So do I love Jesus since I come up short? Yes. Because I hear Him call for these things, I take Him seriously, and I am always working on change. It’s the desire to know Him that leads to the change. God isn’t waiting on us to perfect it to accept us. He loves us enough to accept us right where we are. But He loves us too much to leave us there.
Where are you in the list? Find the areas you need to grow. Pray for that opportunity today. Then go look for it and do it. Do it now, before it is time to leave.