Our actions reflect our beliefs. What does that mean to you? Does this sound real? In other words, what is on the inside will show on the outside. You can’t fake being someone you are not for long. Eventually, what is really true on the inside will show up.
For me, that’s what this scripture is saying. If you truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He is your Savior, then you will follow and obey Him. There won’t be any questions about it. Jesus died to save you from your sins, you follow Him because you are a changed person.
Jesus is telling the disciples some radical things. He is telling them to love their enemies, do good to those who hate them, bless those who curse you, pray for those who use you, turn the other cheek, give to those who steal from you, give away without expecting return, don’t judge, don’t condemn, forgive and give in great measure… What is this all about? What was Jesus thinking? It sounds like He didn’t understand how the world works. It sounds like He didn’t know people would take advantage of us. He is asking the disciples to do the exact opposite of what they knew to do…
Jesus is asking them to love like they have never loved before. He is asking them to love HIM and in turn, they will love those whom He loves! Jesus wasn’t asking them to do what comes naturally. What comes naturally is often things of the world. It is natural to be selfish and to keep things for yourself. What comes naturally is to move away from your enemies or at least make them regret what they have done to you. What comes naturally is to take, not necessarily give. Jesus is asking them to do something completely different…and is asking us the same.
This can all just sound crazy. Why would we act like this? Who would love their enemies and do all these other things? Who wouldn’t care about their stuff on this earth or about obtaining more? It sounds to me like those who would do things like this would be those who have something different inside. There has to be something different about the believer than the non-believer because there is something different on the inside. If you truly love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength, then that will show on the outside. What that doesn’t mean is more earthly things but rather less. It doesn’t mean more time spent on things of earthly reward…but less.
He is asking us to love Him so much that the things of this world don’t matter. He is asking us to love Him so much that what comes naturally is what comes from the Holy Spirit and not from ourselves. We are to be driven by our love for Him and a desire to serve and be more like Him.
If we aren’t looking different than everyone else in the world, then there is something wrong. Have we so integrated our faith into our lives that our fruit is stale and good for nothing? Have we become so accustomed to the way things are that we fail to look for the way things God would want them to be? Have we become so lost in our world that our shining bright light looks more like a dim flicker?
For me, it goes back to what we believe. Do we believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior? Do we really believe that? Do we really believe that we would be lost without Him? Do we really love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength? Do we really not care about the things of this world because He means so much more? Let’s look at our fruit and that might answer our questions for us!