- by Kelly Newton-Wordsworth
Published in "Truth Alive", September 2016
Jesus said over 2,000 years ago:
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." (John 14:23)
We can find many different translations of the same scripture in the different versions of the Holy Bible but Jesus here is simply saying that if we LOVE Him, we will OBEY Him. If we love Him we will obey His teachings. In Matthew 23:10, Jesus says not to call anyone “teacher” as He is our ONLY teacher.
Many times when God has lead me to be singing and speaking all over the world, He has through these journeys, taken me to churches, the result of which, has been a sense of really wondering what is going on with Christians around the nations, in their understanding of the clear and powerful instructions of Jesus. I have been lead to wonder whether “Christians” are truly “awake” as Jesus tells us to be(Matthew 25: 1-13). He speaks about the “bridesmaids” having to “stay awake” as they never know when the “bridegroom is coming”. I don't want to be rude, but it often appears these precious words have not reached the ears of many of the modern day Christians whom I have met!
God has guided me to go to churches, where after the service, the main question I have been asked, is “What church do I attend?” This has bewildered me, as I am a Christian and am seeking to obey Jesus every day. God is number one in my life. I love Jesus and want to serve His Father in the greatest way I can, twenty-four hours a day every day. On my travels it is a shock to me that I do not recall Christians outside of a church service asking me what has been happening to me in my relationship with the almighty God, or wanting to speak about their relationship with Him! The following types of questions have NOT been asked. What miracles have been happening? What challenges has God been bringing? What breakthroughs has He been helping with, and so on.
There is no church I have been to where I recall any person speaking with me after the service about the awesomeness of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and what this mighty God has been doing in their lives! I haven't experienced Christians ever speaking to me about the seriousness of obeying Jesus. Jesus said He came to “light a fire” and how He wished it was already lit (Luke 12:49). The first time I ever read the Gospels after giving my life to Jesus, I felt this fire starting to burn inside me and warm me to the inside out. Jesus speaks about the importance of His words in Matthew 24:35. He says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will never pass away”. I have no recollection of ever meeting Christians who have talked to me of their own knowing of the importance of the words of Jesus, in the way that He is saying that His words are so important that virtually everything shall pass away, but what He has spoken will never pass away. (Mark 13:31) His words will exist forever!
When Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey me” what was He talking about? That to me is something so special about what is possible for every single individual human in our relationship with Jesus. He says, “Ask and you will receive”. (Luke 11:9) I have taken Him literally. I have been asking Him for years, “What do you mean Lord Jesus” about anything He said, and He has taken me on my own intimate journey with Him to help me to put into practice what He is talking about. Hence, I live a very amazing and miraculous life. Not just once in a “blue moon”, but every day!
God is showing me that it is time for Christians to wake up and realise that we are not going to “get into the Kingdom” as Jesus says, unless we do His will. I have travelled all over the world with only God's second by second instructions to guide me to where He wants me to go. So many miracles have occurred due to seeking and obeying Him. I could not possibly have arrived at the places He wanted me to get to, just from Bible study and the church that I attend. I have had to learn to listen to Him every day, better and better, deeper and deeper. I am so excited about God because He makes every day life an adventure second to none. Jesus is the way to the Father. My understanding of the words He spoke over two thousand years ago is that He wants us to “look to His Father” and obey not only the Father but also His teachings. If we will obey His teachings, we can come to His Father and live an “abundant” life. He said that He came to bring us “Life in abundance” (John 10:10) God bless you! Get the fire He came to bring, “Get up and walk” (John 5:8), start seeking God with a passion, make Him number ONE in your life and live the life He has created you to Live.
HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY LOVE JESUS?