I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other. John 13:34-35 (CEB)
It’s funny to think that the command to love one another could ever be considered a new commandment. And yet we’re not really all that good at loving one another. And the newness really comes in when Jesus continues – love one another “as I have loved you.” He was saying this after washing the disciples’ feet. Be willing to do whatever it takes to show love to one another – even the task that no one wants to do. Even more, he wants us to be known for that.
When you see someone living out the call that God has placed on their lives, it can easily become what you know that person for. It defines who they are. Your experience at a summer camp is unlikely to define who you are, but hopefully it can be part of helping you discern who you are as God’s child. Think about what the past week taught you about what God is calling you to do with your everyday life. Think about what it is that you would be known for right now. Consider what it would take to show the kind of love to your community that led people to know you first and foremost as a disciple of Christ. And then consider how
God is calling you to that very life.
Questions for Reflection
- How did your week at Impact help you examine your own call?
- What do you need to do to live into that call?
God who sends us and walks with us, help me to see the places where I can live out the example you have given me in Christ.