In Matt. 11:7-11 (NASB), Jesus has just answered questions from John the Baptist, who was in prison and sent word from his own disciples as to whether Jesus was the “Expected One”. Jesus instructed John’s disciples to tell him what they had seen and heard. Then Jesus spoke to the crowds about John the Baptist and what did they expect to see in the wilderness – a reed shaken by the wind, a man dressed in soft clothing (living in a king’s palace) or a prophet? Jesus further stated that no man born of a woman was greater than John the Baptist, yet one who is the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than him.
Jesus emphasizes citizenship of heaven as He preached the good news! But, what does a citizen of heaven look like? What is required of a child of God? Micah 6:8 (NASB) tells us what God has said – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God!
That’s a tall order for anyone to fill! Yet, as Christians with God’s grace through the Holy Spirit, each one of us can accomplish these things that Micah lists. People we meet as well as our friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, etc., should sense we are different than other people. We are the “What would Jesus do” people, who pray in every situation and seek God’s guidance in all things. We are quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19 NASB). We love our neighbors AND our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:43 NASB). We go all out to do things for people with both physical and emotional needs as a way to share Jesus’ love with them without expecting any earthly reward. Sometimes, we are the only “Jesus” that people may ever see.
Is there something different about you and how you live your life? Is it filled with faith, joy and humility? Are people drawn to you because of your sweetness and gentleness? Do people trust that you are honest and caring? People are looking for the light of Jesus in a dark world these days – be that Jesus-light for them!