“We need to eat more fruits and vegetables” say the doctors and nutritionists. So, I think about all the fruits in the fruit family that I should be eating. You have pears, apples, grapes, and oranges, even unique fruits like kiwi, pomegranate and lingonberry. When we lived in Asia, we ate lychees, cumquats and star fruit. They all belong to the family of fruits. They look different, taste different, and even smell different. They even come together for certain purposes like fruit baskets, fruit bouquets, and fruit salad.
The family of believers in Jesus is like the family of fruits. They are all unique – look different, are shaped different, come from different cultures and countries. Yet, together they are a beautiful reflection of the love that God has given to us through Jesus. Like a fruit bouquet shows off the individual fruits yet together they have a special beauty, together we have a special purpose as we show God’s love.
Jesus told his followers “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 NLT
There it is. What do we reflect as we come together and love each other in the family of Jesus? The proof that we are followers of Jesus.
We read books about how we can be a better witness of Jesus in our lives. We say the right religious words to prove that we are His. We even wear clothing and put symbols on our cars to tell others we belong to Jesus. Yet, what is the real proof? “Your love for one another”; that’s it. Plain and simple.
When we love each other, it reflects Jesus’ love to the world. Joining together as a family of believers in love is the greatest witness of who we are. When we forgive other Christians, say kind words about them instead of slandering and gossiping, show grace instead of judgment, give to their needs emotionally or even financially – we are proving to be a follower of Jesus.
Am I proving to be a follower of Jesus in how I love my brothers and sisters in Christ? What do others hear me say about them or see me do for them? Am I being a fruitful witness to others that I am a Christian by reflecting God’s love to other Christians? How about your proof?
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15:9