Loving Jesus to the End

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- Love Jesus | Dr. Bill Shiell

Loving Jesus to the End

Loving Jesus to the End

Scripture Reference: 1 John 4:7-21

Today is Pentecost Sunday, when we allow the Spirit work to finish what Jesus began while he was on the earth. Jesus promised to love us to the end and gave us his Spirit to perfect that love in us (1 John 4:12, 17, 18). This process began right after the resurrection. Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into disciples after the resurrection in John 20. Afterward, they went back to work, fishing with a renewed sense of purpose and unity because of this gift. Today, we finish the work that the Spirit has started in us. 1 John tells us how.

  1. Test the spirits (1 John 4:1)
    Examine everything you do based on two criteria: love Jesus, love others. Does __________ cause me to love Jesus and others better?
  2. Care for one another (1 John 4:13)
    John’s word for care is to “abide.” We care for one another by opening our hearts to each other and demonstrating the needs of the group over our personal desires. Like fishermen disciples who cast out their fears of failure and worked together, we cast out the fears over our world and each other (1 John 4:18) and serve together.In Daniel Brown’s bestselling book The Boys in the Boat, he gives us an example of this kind of love. The University of Washington rowing team competed and won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics. These men would go onto serve their country during WW2. Before they became veterans whom we remember this Memorial Day Weekend, they trained themselves in the art of teamwork. Oarsmen weren’t always the eight strongest members of a team; they were selected because they brought different gifts and abilities that could work well together. George Pocock, master boat builder explains, “What mattered than how hard a man rowed was how well everything he did harmonized with what his other fellows were doing. A man couldn’t harmonize with his crew unless he opened his heart to them. He had to care about his crew. It wasn’t just the rowing but his cremate he had to give himself up to, even if it meant getting his feelings hurt.”The church is the living demonstrate of this work in the world. We care deeply about the others in our boat of the church, to the point of sacrificing our needs over others. John warns us that our biggest challenge will be attempting to be a group without Jesus or the Spirit. We can accomplish a lot of things together, but we can’t be a church without the Spirit.
  3. Finish the work the Spirit started
    Everyone has work that still needs to be done in life. If we were to give you a report card on your relationships right now, what would it look like? Take time this summer to allow the Spirit to complete another part of its work in you. Jesus promises to stay with us to the end.

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