Look Only To Jesus as Your Standard

  • John 8:3-11 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you.” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
  • Luke 5:12-13 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
  • Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
  • Matthew 12:15 …A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.

Jesus is the Standard. Nothing and no one else! Humans miss it so be sure not to put anyone on a pedestal as they may fall from it. You can’t waver in your Christian life based on what others do or don’t do. We will all stand alone before God one day and be accountable for our own life. That’s why you can only look to Jesus. He loved the ones considered unlovable and he touched those considered untouchable. Jesus loved the leper, He loved the adulteress, He loved the Samaritan, He loved the ones that tried to trap him, He loved the one who betrayed him, and He loved those who crucified him. We are to love like He loved. His selflessness throughout His ministry is remarkable. Even on His way to do something, He would stop for those who called out to Him or by their actions demanded attention (e.g. woman with the issue of blood, those who opened the roof and lowered a paralyzed man). We serve a marvelous God and Savior and we are called to imitate Him (Ephesians 5:1). Peter did when he walked on water (Matthew 14:29), when he healed the sick (Acts 3:1-8), and raised the dead (Acts 9:36-41). Stephen also imitated Jesus by asking the Lord to forgive those who were stoning him (Acts 7:59-60).

How to become more like Jesus:
  1. Read the Word daily and put it into your heart because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Jesus used the words “it is written” against the enemy. If Jesus used the Word to resist temptation and deal with Satan, we should realize how important the Word truly is.
  2. Read the Gospels and take time to truly see Jesus and His love for humanity. See how He extended compassion to whoever needed it.
  3. Jesus only did what He saw His Father do and only said what He heard His Father say. That is quite the intimacy so pursue a deeper relationship with the Father by spending time in prayer and communication with God. Praise and worship Him.
  4. Ask God to help you become more like His Son and when opportunities present themselves, do as Jesus did. Be light and salt to those around you.
  5. Choose to follow the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Make a conscious decision to love others more and see them as Jesus sees them. (Jesus loves those you may not really like just as much as He loves you and died on the cross for them as well.)
  6. Live a pure life in thought, speech and action.
  7. Develop the fruit of the Spirit that is inside you since you’ve become a born-again Christian as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23. Choose to develop that fruit by exercising it regularly.

Call to action:
Think of someone you may not really like or who might be harder to love. See them through the eyes of Jesus. Start praying blessings in that individual’s life or simply buy them a cup of coffee. When you can pray for or bless someone who irritates you or is harder to love, your life is going to change. You’ll become a little more like Jesus with every action of love you take. Determine to bring glory to the Name of Jesus.