Imitating Christ Not as Hard as you think


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34  And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 (TEV)

“All this he does out of his pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness on my part. For all of this I am bound to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. This is most certainly true.[1]

Thy kingdom come.”  What does this mean?

Answer: To be sure, the kingdom of God comes of itself, without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us.

How is this done?

Answer: When the heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit so that by his grace we may believe his holy Word and live a godly life, both here in time and hereafter forever.[2]

824    Have you noticed how human love consists of little things? Well, divine love also consists of little things. (3)

Over the course of history, theologians have wasted a lot of time on the arguments about whether the scripture is applicable today.  Some say the Old Testament law is no longer binding.  Some say you only preach the law to those who are not believers.  Others say that a lack of holiness, a lack of strict obedience to scripture (or at least certain parts of it) shows a lack of faith, and may result in the same judgment as an unbeliever.

What a colossal waste of time!

What a shameful waste of time and effort from those who are supposed to be our teachers, those who are to shepherd us.

The above quotes in green are from Luther’s small catechism. They were written to help a dad teach his children about God, about the precious relationship we have with them.  They describe a relationship where God’s love and mercy transform us into His children.  As His children, we respond to that love instinctually, we do what St Josemaria calls the “little things”.  We think about Him (and His people) we take on the mundane, we sacrifice, all without thinking about it, because God loves us, and we adore Him.

This is the Godly life Luther mentions, caused by the presence of the Holy Spirit.  We lose our desire to please ourselves, and we find pleasure in the presence of God and His people.  We find ourselves devoted to the one who is devoted to us.

This isn’t Ph.D. level theology.  It is a life of faith….

it is the response to crying out, “have mercy…” and realize He has….

Love Him, love those He loves…..you don’t need a Ph.D. for that… just the ability to do the little things.

AMEN

[1] Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 345). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.

[2] Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 346). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.

(3)  Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 1892-1893). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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