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Jesus Has Tough Expectations

What Jesus expects of His followers

Photo credit: Mr. T in DC (Creative Commons)

Photo credit: Mr. T in DC (Creative Commons)

Luke 6:46,

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”

No Middle Ground

Jesus is either Lord of our lives, or He is not. There really is no middle ground. Jesus doesn’t make room for middle ground. In the previous verse, Jesus is telling the crowd, “Look, you can’t call me Lord (Master) and not do what I say.” Jesus makes this statement after He has run through a list of what He expects.

Luke 6:27 – 36

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

‘If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.’”

Loving your enemies and other such nonsense

Becoming a true disciple of Jesus is tough work. It requires placing others before you. It requires dying to self. Loving an enemy is an impossible thing to do without the transforming power of Jesus at work in your life. Even when He has taken up residence in your heart, you have to be mindful to pray for those who abuse you to gain the mind of Christ.

I thought Jesus would make my life easy

Too many people have fallen into the trap that Jesus “blesses” their life at will.

They think Jesus will give them a house, a spouse, children, and trips to Disney World. If you can show me in the Bible where that is found, I can show you where it is not (Luke 9:23).

The challenge

Find practical ways to bless those who abuse you. Be willing to buy someone lunch who does not have the ability to pay you back. Choose Jesus as Lord and then follow His leading in your life.

How can you show love to those that abuse you? Share your comments below.

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