Jesus is our Savior, Lord, and Teacher. He was the smartest man who ever lived.
So how DID he live? Can we live as he lived? That seems to be the question.
Perhaps, though, the real question is not whether we CAN live as he lived, but whether we WILL live as he lived.
My need is to consider how Jesus would live my life if He were I. Your need is to consider how Jesus would live your life if he were you. If we are truly interested in becoming apprentices to Jesus, we need to honestly consider the habits and patterns of our lives in relation to the way Jesus lived--and be willing to eliminate the things in our lives that prevent us from living as he did.
I wonder what those things might be?
Just to spur your imagination, I'd like to suggest that you watch the following video. I'll bet you remember this scene from Walt Disney's classic film Mary Poppins. Remember how Michael wanted to spend his tuppence to feed the birds, but his father wanted him to put that money in the bank? The movie was filled with lessons about how some things are more important than money in the bank, a prestigious job, a beautiful house, or political causes. Feeding the birds was symbolic of all the joys of life that can be missed by someone whose mind is filled with material things--even good material things.
Watch this video, and see if you can imagine yourself feeding the birds. Whether you have the money for the bird food is probably not an issue. But could you take the time to do it? Could you "waste" some time doing something as simple and sweet as feeding birds with children? Or are you too busy?
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14).
**What do you think?**
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