Like My Father

Linda is currently on maternity leave. Here is one of her most popular posts from the gospel of John.

I still reflect on what would make him proud.

John 13:31-38

Reference: ““My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: It was not unexpected when my father passed away, but it was still very sad. The pain in my heart was different to anything I’d ever experienced before.

Even though it has been some years since that devastating day, I still find myself thinking of my dad and even seeing him in other people. A gentleman might look like him or a man might talk like him. It’s like he’s never too far away.

Just the other day I considered the decisions I was making in my own life and wondered what Dad would think of them. I still reflect on what would make him proud.

Application: Jesus was only on this earth for a short period of time and only with his disciples for a couple of years. His disciples were committed to learning from Him and following His actions.

When Jesus said He was going to leave them, they must have been distraught that they wouldn’t have Him to show the way. But just like with me and my father, the disciples had learned a great deal from Jesus, therefore, they had the ability to keep acting like Jesus, even after He was gone.

We have the same chance today. Through learning about Jesus, and how He lived on earth, we are able to replicate the love and grace Jesus showed.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the great example You have set for us. May we strive to make decisions based on Your love and life. Amen.

How have you acted like Jesus recently?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.