Many (most?) Christians express confidence in their loyalty to how they worship God, the congregation they belong to or the denomination they subscribe to or their self-righteous declaration of freedom from all gatherings of Believers.

Remember this well – People will NOT know you are a disciple of Jesus Christ because of the denomination or congregation you support or your spiritual independence.

love_one_another_Instead, “Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other” (John 13:35 God’s Word).

“I, a prisoner in the Lord, encourage you to live the kind of life which proves that God has called you. Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives. There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way you were called to share one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over everything, through everything, and in everything.  God’s favor has been given to each of us. It was measured out to us by Christ who gave it” (Ephesians 4:1-7 God’s Word).

Each of us is a beautiful blossom in the one plant called mum Jesus

Each of us is a beautiful blossom in the one plant called mum Jesus

When Jesus is real to you, love like Jesus loved becomes possible and obedience to Christ becomes probable and following the example of John the Baptizer becomes definite, the one who said, Jesus “must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance. The person who comes from above is superior to everyone. I, a person from the earth, know nothing but what is on earth, and that’s all I can talk about. The person who comes from heaven is superior to everyone  and tells what he has seen and heard. Yet, no one accepts what he says. I have accepted what that person said, and I have affirmed that God is truthful. The man whom God has sent speaks God’s message. After all, God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything in his power” (John 3:30-35 God’s Word).