Live Like Jesus

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If you look at the life of Jesus, the example you see is straight forward. Jesus listened to His Father and did only what the Father told Him to do. Jesus lived His life in complete obedience to His Father. He lived and worked as a carpenter because that is where the Father put Him, and He was going to stay there until the Father told Him otherwise. Jesus then started His ministry at a wedding because they had run out of wine. That was the time that the Father had planned, but we’re not sure Jesus knew it until that moment. Jesus also fasted for 40 days in the wilderness because the Spirit led Him to do so. Jesus often withdrew to pray and continued to get direction from His Father because every move He made was in surrender to His Father’s will. He lived a life that was connected to His Father as He was part of the vine. That is why separation was so terrible when Jesus was on the cross since He had never been separated from the Father until then.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

— John 15:5

In our lives, we are also meant to live connected to the Father. As we look to the simple example of Jesus, we see a pattern we can follow. Listen to the Father and obey His voice. Living as His children is just that simple. Things get complicated when we, as born again believers, try to live life separated from the Father. When we are born again, our lives are forever connected to the Father through Jesus, our life source. We became part of the living vine called the body of Christ. If we cut ourselves off from that vine, we will wither and eventually die.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

— John 14:6

If we do not abide in God, we have no life in us. Our life priority cannot be anything but abiding in and obeying God. In this life, there are many things that could cause us to worry, but we don’t need to worry about anything. We just need to obey because God will take care of the rest. No matter what we are called to do for Jesus, whether a missionary in the Middle East, a banker, or a stay at home mom, we all can live like Jesus if we follow His example and simply abide in God and obey.

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