Love Like Jesus - Part 3 - Prophetically

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John 13:34-35 - A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

If we are to love like Jesus, then we need to understand and accept how Christ has loved us first. And once we understand and accept that love, we can reflect that love in our relationships and world. I believe Jesus loved prophetically.

Jesus looked past what the disciples were doing and who they were in the moment, to see and draw out their potential. Just look at Peter the brash fisherman or Levi the tax collector.

Peter started off as Simon, a fisherman in Galilee. If you read some of the stories about Simon, you see he has the tendency to be passionate and impulsive, the kind of guy who speaks first and may or may not think later. And yet Jesus called him to follow, and during that journey Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter. Peter means rock or stone. And this guy who was a bit of a hot head, basically stepped into a leadership role on the day of Pentecost and became a significant man in church history. Jesus saw the potential and loved Simon enough to draw that potential out of him, drawing him to become Peter.

Levi was a tax collector. This was one of the most despised jobs as he took people's money to pay for an oppressing regime to continue oppressing them. But more than that, the tax collector made their living from their take, and so if they could gouge the people to feather their own nest if they wanted to. We don't know if Levi was unscrupulous or "honourable" in his actions, but Jesus saw in him something greater than a tax collector.

Personally, we have had the challenge and privilege of becoming foster parents. For the last 4.5 months we have had a 5 and a 6 year old girl living with us. They have just moved into the care of another family, but we had all of the expected behavioral challenges you would expect from children who have been in the system for most of their lives; who have lived in a number of homes; who are trying to figure out if this new home is safe; and who are trying to figure out where they fit. We weren't perfect but there was one night when getting them to sleep was exceptionally challenging, Nadine had tried and needed to step aside for a break, I stepped into the room to try and do what I could do to bring calm. I got some progress but Nadine stepped back in and started speaking to the girls about how they were special, that they had a purpose, and she got them to repeat back that they were special, that God loved them etc. It felt and is possible that these types of truths had not been spoken over them before.

We were not their long-term home, but I think some seeds were prophetically planted in their hearts, because we chose in that moment not to respond to the behaviours but to speak to the potential and plant their truth.

What about us, are we prophetically speaking into people and circumstances? In our ministry roles? In our work places? In our homes?

Are we raising the level of the people around us by speaking truth and life?

Jesus showed his love by looking past what was on the outside and bringing a prophetic future into people's lives. He continues to do it to this day. I know I would not be who I am without him speaking prophetically into my heart regularly. Acknowledging my struggles, failures and weaknesses, but always lifting my perspective to his kingdom, his calling and his sufficiency.

Being prophetic can be is as easy as finding someone and speak life to them. My challenge is that we would ask God to help us look beyond the behaviours of those around us and begin speaking prophetically over them.

 

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