Posted by: missionventureministries | August 11, 2016


John 13 vs 15

In John 13:15, Jesus sets an example for us to follow. After washing His disciple’s feet, which was an act of love, humility and service, He encouraged them to follow His lead and serve one another by telling them:

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15)

Jesus, the Son of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, never placed Himself in a position above others. He loved and humbly served by leading and teaching the lost. He fed thousands; He healed the sick and raised the dead. He spent time with those no one else cared to be with.  

When we look at Christ’s life it reflects His love for humanity and this should be our greatest desire as well.  

It is very important that as Christians, we follow the example of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter where we are or who we are with. The words we speak and the things we do should always reflect our faith in Christ. Sometimes we are eager to tell other people what they should do and how they should live, but often we fail to follow our own instructions.  

Jesus tells the crowds and His disciples to do what the Pharisees and the scribes teach them to do, “but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach” (Matthew 23:3). In other words, the leaders want to be obeyed but don’t follow or practice what they teach.  

Why is it so important for a believer to practice what he preaches? The most basic reason is the integrity of our faith, as Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14)  

People should be attracted by the light that shines forth from us by the way we live, act and the words that we speak. We need to realize and be aware that people are watching us and seeing how we respond to the ups and downs of everyday life.  

Our church, family members, children, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and classmates are all watching us. What evidence are we offering of our profession of faith? Are our responses and behavior any different from those persons who don’t profess to know Christ? 

How do we practice what we preach? One way is to be careful about the words we speak. You can determine a lot about a person by their verbal communication and even more so by the words they use when they are distressed, angry, or threatened. James tells us that the tongue is very dangerous; “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6)  

More people than we think are listening to the words we speak; so, do our words bring peace and tranquility to a situation or do they add fuel to the fire? Please understand that the words we speak should match the person we claim to be. If we profess that we are followers of Christ, then our words should be a reflection of that relationship. 

We practice what we preach when we live our lives as reflections of the life of Christ. People should always see a reflection of Jesus in us wherever we are and in whatever situation we are faced with.  

We need to be aware of that there is as much emphasis upon practicing the truth as in teaching it. As Paul wrote to the Romans, “You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?” (Romans 2:21-22) 

Failure to practice what one preaches does not apply only to parents, preachers, elders, deacons, and teachers but to every born again Christian.

Remember, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit… In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:3, 5)


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