Jesus said that He had declared the Name of the Father to His disciples, that is, He showed them what the Father was like.
I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them (John 17:26)
There was one overriding purpose for doing this and as Jesus explained, He wanted His disciples to love Him as His heavenly Father loved Him. He wants the love that His Father has for Jesus to be in His disciples. Amazing!
Long ago, I made this my prayer, too . . .
It is through the power of His Spirit in us that we can live our lives with a consuming passion for our Lord. The Father loves the Son more than anyone or anything else. He is devoted to the Son. His eyes never leave the Son. All that the Father does He does for the Son. And, as astounding as that is, Jesus prayed that we would be driven by that same single-eyed passion.
This is a passion that no longer relies on fancy the clothes that we wear are or the condition of the car we drive. None of these things show how much we are loved. We no longer care how we are seen but the only desire we possess is that our Lord could be glorified.
Yesterday, I sent you a message I entitled, “The Immeasurable & Unlimited & Surpassing Greatness of My Lord!” which was taken from the Amplified Version of Ephesians 1:19, and that verse perfectly and emphatically describes how I see my Lord! My greatest desire is to know Him, and nothing more.
Martha’s sister Mary had this kind of passion for Jesus. She wasn’t an apostle or leader, but the love for God’s Son had consumed her heart. When Jesus was around she couldn’t bear to think of food or any other activities in life. All she wanted to do was sit at His feet and listen to Him (Luke 10:38).
Oh, but not just that, Jesus loved being around Mary! When the time for His last Passover drew near and He knew that He only had a few days before the cross, where do you think He chose to spend those last few days? He went to Mary’s house (John 12:1). It is not at all difficult to see what drew Him to Mary’s house. While He was there, in the presence of all the disciples, Mary brought out a jar of costly perfume. This perfume probably represented her life savings or her wedding dowry. She broke it and poured it on Jesus. She wasted the most precious possession she had on the Lord Jesus. But that was easy to surrender to Him, it was a simple demonstration of her extravagant love for Him. She was going to pour out her whole life on the Lord. There was nothing mediocre about her feelings for the Him. She was a woman consumed by a holy passion for the Son of God!
How about you? Some believers celebrate the Church’s tradition of Lent where they “give up” Pepsi and Lemon pies, or going to movies for 40 days. How silly is that? I am not interested in what you are willing to sacrifice to follow Jesus, the question is what “things” have fallen away since you came to Jesus . . . and what things are standing in the way of not just following Him, but being consumed with a passionate obsession?
Come to think of it, a son can obey his father for reward or out of their fear of punishment, and actually never love or even like their father much at all. A husband can be a faithful and kind provider to his wife without having much love or passion for her. What wife would settle for a relationship like that? So, why do we think God will settle for us to simply raise our hand one Sunday morning as a sign that you accept His salvation? Sure, you “raised” your hand, but there isn’t any consuming passion for His Son. But, isn’t the greatest commandment to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength?
However, I will warn you, that passion is a sword that cuts both ways. Jesus also had great affection for Mary. When Mary’s brother Lazarus died, Jesus came to their home four days later. Martha, Mary’s sister, was the first to greet the Lord Jesus and complained, “Lord, if You had been here sooner, my brother would have never died!” Jesus responded to Martha by giving her one of the greatest theological teachings in all the Word of God: “I am the resurrection and the life!” And, there is nothing wrong with that. All of us love the hear and study the Word of God. Ooh, but when Mary met the Lord Jesus just a few moments later; she said the exact same words that Martha said, “Lord if You had been here sooner, my brother would have never died!” (John 11:17-38) However, when Mary said these words, Jesus wept and then He walked to the tomb and raised Mary’s brother from the dead! Tell me, which was more loving?
Here is a truth you need to remember: A person like Martha can get a great theological teaching out of Jesus. But a person like Mary can break His heart and move Him to raise someone from the dead! People who have Mary’s passion for the Lord Jesus can move Him in a way that others can’t. Which do you want to be?
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