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August 16, 2013

More lessons for life

Pella —

Last week we were looking at the lessons Jesus was teaching us in John 13 though the simple act of washing His disciples’ feet.  We learned lessons on HUMILITY and on HOLINESS.  I believe there are at least two more lessons we can learn here.
Jesus is also teaching a LESSON ON HYPOCRISY (verses 18 through 30). Hypocrisy can be defined as pretending to be something you’re not, or a condition where you are not yourself on Sunday!  What about you and me?  Are our lives Monday through Saturday living testimonies for Jesus, or are they living contradictions of Him?  Judas Iscariot was a pretender!  He was masquerading as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  You see, he was only playing the part of a believer.  Every day Judas was near Jesus as he walked and talked with Him.  And he witnessed Jesus turning water into wine, turning a boy’s lunch into a feast for thousands, and raising Lazarus from the dead. But he missed Jesus!  Judas was going through the motions of Christianity, but there was no reality and no real relationship with the Son of God!  He was still tied to himself and the world system.  He was more concerned about making a buck and taking care of himself than he was in giving his life to Jesus.
Let me tell you something.  It’s dangerous to be like Judas!  Judas was playing with sin, pretending to belong to Jesus, pretending to be someone he wasn’t. And it caught up with him!  Pretending will always catch up with you.  Judas had fooled the disciples, and unfortunately, he had fooled himself.  But he hadn’t fooled Jesus, because Jesus knew what was in his heart.  He know what is in our hearts as well!
Finally, Jesus is teaching us a LESSON ON HAPPINESS (verse 17).  After Jesus told His followers they should follow the example He gave them of being servants, He said this:  “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them!”  Jesus is telling us the result of living out what Jesus modeled for us (through the Holy Spirit) is blessing.  Happiness comes to us as we humble ourselves and confess the sin in our lives, and walk in close fellowship with Jesus!  Happiness comes to us as we humble ourselves and are honest with ourselves, with others, and with God about who we are when no one is looking!  Happiness comes to us as we humble ourselves and concentrate on serving others instead of ourselves!  As a Christian, we will be miserable if we’re waiting and expecting someone else to serve us.  We will never have the emptiness in our lives filled up until we are willing to pour our lives into someone else’s.  When we do these things in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be happy!
What is Jesus teaching you this week?  Perhaps we all need to search our hearts and get real before the One who know us best! 

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