Published: Wednesday, April 27 2016; 7:06 p.m. DMT
A sunbeam, a sunbeam, Jesus wants me for a sunbeam; A sunbeam, a sunbeam, I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.
Jesus wants me to be loving, And kind to all I see; Showing how pleasant and happy, His little one can be.
I will ask Jesus to help me To keep my heart from sin; Ever reflecting His goodness, And always shine for Him.
I’ll be a sunbeam for Jesus, I can if I but try; Serving Him moment by moment, Then live for Him on high.
I was also taught that Jesus was perfect, and so that if he did something, then according to Jesus, I ought to follow his example. He explained this. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Here, Jesus is teaching his apostles the decisive doctrine that disciples of Jesus Christ will surrender their own wills and conform their hearts to the will of God. They will direct their love to God, sacrifice their bodies to the service of God, and their whole beings, to following and serving Jesus and his Father all the days of their lives. From the moment a person becomes a true disciple, that person no longer seeks his or her own pleasure as the object of existence, but renounces everything including life itself if necessary. From this call for total commitment, we learn that discipleship is not a casual employment, but an all-absorbing way of life in which the true disciple binds himself to God through Jesus Christ and obeys their wills. An essential element of discipleship is imitation. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. ‘Follow me’ is the same as ‘Come after me’ or ‘Come with me.’ It is not an invitation but a command that includes the requirement to ‘receive my principles and teachings, and imitate my behavior, and in every other part be my devotee.’ It is a succinct call, but most of the calls of God to man are spoken in but a few words. Such calls should stagger our consciences and sway our sentiments. When God or Jesus call us it is a serious matter, and from that moment on, we are to live as Christ lived, do as he does, and be obedient to his commands. When we choose to follow Him, we use moral agency to select between right and wrong and our course is set forever. Jesus has set marks on true disciples by which they can be recognized. One of these is a loving heart. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Jesus teaches his disciples that their love for each other is the conclusive proof that they are like the Saviour, and that this resemblance will be so evident that all people shall see their love for one another and know why it is present in their lives. He explains that they will not be recognisable by certain speech or dress or ornament or manner of speech, as were the Scribes, the Pharisees, and the Essenes, but by profound, unaffected, and gentle warmth with which they treat each other and with which they are treated. This behaviour towards each other distinguished the first Christians, and was remarked upon by pagans. said one,
“See how these Christians they love one another! They are ready to lay down their lives for each other.”
“Look,” they say, “how they love one another” (for they themselves hate one another); “and how they are ready to die for each other” (for they themselves are readier to kill each other), usually quoted as ‘See how [these Christians] love one another.’
“This command he gave them as he was about to leave them, to be a badge of discipleship, by which they might be known as his friends and followers, and by which they might be distinguished from all others.”
“The Jew was known by his external rites, by his uniqueness of dress, etc.; the philosopher by some other mark of distinction; the military man by another, etc. In none of these cases had love for each other been the distinguishing and special badge by which they were known. However, in the case of Christians, they were not to be known by distinctions of wealth, or learning, or fame; they were not to aspire to earthly honours; they were not to adopt any special style of dress or badge, but they were to be distinguished by tender and constant attachment to each other.”
See also, 1 John 3:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Galatians 6:2; 2 Peter 1:7.
“As I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
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