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I Want to Live Like THAT!

“Recklessly, abandoned, never holding back . . . so that everything I say and do points to you!!”

I’m singing so loudly, I’m sure I’ll set the neighbor’s dogs to howling! I love this song. I love the message and the almost militant inspiration to live my life in such a way that everything I say and do points to Jesus, points to His work on the cross, points to the abundant life He gives!

I often listen to this song while I’m writing because it really expresses my heart and reason for being. When I grow weary or discouraged it reminds me of why I do what I do:

I want to live like that,

And give it all I have ~

So that everything I say and do, points to you!

I ask myself often . . . How much of what I’m doing is pointing to Jesus?

Am I lifting Him up or am I focused on me?

Am I wringing my hands with worry or am I running toward faith?

Am I serving, giving to, seeking out, “the least of these” or am I looking the other way?

Do I smell like the fragrance of Christ or is the stench of my sin stifling others from knowing Him?

How do I live like Jesus’ love is true?

I really believe if we lived out the love of Christ in ways that communicated the actuality of love, true love, 1 John 3:16 love, Jesus’ love, then we would stand amazed at love’s power and ability to affect all our relationships. And that would change our world!

Quoting from J. I. Packer’s excellent work, Keeping in Step with the Spirit:

“Love is not essentially a feeling of affection, but a way of behaving . . . Love does something; it gives; that is how it establishes its identity . . .”

If we want the world to know Jesus, we must show them Jesus!

Do they recognize Him when they look at you?

6 Comments

  • Patti Simmons

    Kim, Thank you for your encouraging words each day. It’s iron sharpening iron material for me! So often I feel you are “reading my mail ” strengthening me for my walk with Christ. Keep it up!

  • Vivian Etherington

    Hi Kim, this post makes me think of the book I read this summer that I told you about, Loving the Way Jesus Loves, by Phil Ryken. If you haven’t picked up a copy of it, I am going to lend you my copy. I want to live like THAT too! How easy it is for that goal to get lost in the details of my life. Thank you for this reminder this morning! May everything I say and do point others to Christ today!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Patti ~

    Thank you for taking the time to send me your encouraging word! it helps when I know someone out there is reading and God is using these posts to press them more deeply into their love relationship with Christ, so THANK YOU for the sweet affirmation you sent today 🙂

    Enjoy Him today ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Still want to read that book! Thanks for the reminder, and yes, I’d love to borrow your copy!

    I agree . . . hoping everything I say and do today points others to our precious Lord!

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Sandra

    I, too, want to live like THAT! He is so worthy.

    Sadly, I too often choose my own comfort or convenience over obedience.

    Thank you for once again giving encouragement to press on, to love Him wholly, to exalt Him with my life.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Sandra ~

    Thanks for taking time to stop in and leave a comment! Yes, absolutely, He is worthy. May we both, when tempted by our comfort and convenience, be reminded of just how worthy He is.

    Just this morning, John 1:18 struck me afresh:

    “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”

    Throughout eternity past (which is a mind-blowing concept), the Son was comfortably settled in the Father’s bosom. He left the safety, the warm security and fellowship of the Father to begin His journey of suffering. He stepped out of the glorious heavenlies to enter our grimy sin-saturated realm.

    Why would He make such a choice? Love. Bottom line–He loves us. Praying I remember that the next time I’m tempted to linger in my comfort zone rather than respond in obedience to His call to “Come and follow . . .”

    How about we pray this for each other today?

    Blessings, friend ~