You Can Do It

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1 John 2:1-6

My little children, I’m writing these things so you won’t continue to mess up. But, if anyone does mess up, we have someone to help us patch things up with God: Jesus. He’s a righteous dude, and he’s laid it all on the line to make things right with us again. And not just for us, but for absolutely everyone.

Here’s how to be sure you know Jesus: do what he says. Whoever says, “I know Jesus,” but doesn’t do what he says is lying. That person is faking his or her religion. But whoever is doing what Jesus says is really, truly ok with God. So, if you want to know how to be with Jesus, and whoever wants to say “I’m with Jesus,” – just do as he did.

It’s just that simple.

It doesn’t matter what your theology is. It doesn’t matter what you call yourself. Either you’re doing what Jesus did. Or you’re not.

And absolutely anyone can do what Jesus did. Jesus put it all on the line to prove it. If a nobody from the dirt-poor classes in an occupied territory can do it, certainly you can. You, who are sitting there reading this with more technological power in your smartphone than what was originally installed on the space shuttle.

Surely, you can do it. Surely, you can put yourself on the line like Jesus did. To participate in healing the nations (starting with your own nation) and making the world’s people free.

And if you do, John’s letter says, you’ll be alright with God. It’s just that simple.

[Bonus: Here’s a little song to help you get going with it.]

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Do What Matters Now

Philippians 1:9-11

This is what I earnestly want for you: that you may love richly and discern keenly so that you will be able to decide what really matters. That way you will have no regrets and nothing to hide when this life is over. And then I wish for you to be able to actually do what matters – the way Jesus did. That would be glorious indeed.

Whatever reservations you might have about Paul, he got this one absolutely right.

Love richly. Discern keenly. Decide what really matters. And then, do it. This is how we make something of our lives during the short time we have on the planet. I’ve known a lot of people who have looked back at the end of their life, nostalgic for what might have been. It’s one of the saddest kinds of conversations. But I’ve also known some who have looked back and said, “Yeah, I did that. It was awesome.”

Of all the things in life that you can’t get back, time is one. The people you love are the others. What really matters to you? What are you going to do about it?

Now wouldn’t be too soon.