Jesus loves me this I know
I think many of us if not all would be familiar with the words in the title as coming from an old hymn. The words written by Anna Bartlett Warner in 1860 were first published as a poem which appeared in a novel written by Anna’s sister. In 1862 William Batchelder Bradbury put Anna’s words to music and added his own chorus of, yes Jesus loves me. Yes Jesus loves me… and so on. These words can bring great comfort and unambiguously state a great biblical truth. Just one example that supports this truth is found in Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
Unfortunately, even a truth such as this means very little unless a response is made. If we know Jesus loves us, and if we have accepted that to be true then what are we (me/you) doing about it? The range of response to this question will undoubtedly be varied. Perhaps some have taken it absolutely no further at all, Jesus loves me, good and on with life with no definable difference (apart from going to church and that may well have been the case before anyway). Others have devoted their life to learning and service and reached a point where they think that’s enough. It is likely that there are as many responses to the question as people you ask, everyone’s experience and response will be different in some way.
In Basic Christianity (pg. 136) John Stott wrote, “To be a child of God is a great privilege. It involves obligations also. Peter implied this when he wrote: ‘like new born babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation’ (1Peter 2:2).
Therefore, despite the length and depth of our journey there is always more to be done until we are called home or Jesus comes in all His glory. Being a disciple of Jesus means there must be growth, a lifelong journey of redevelopment begins the day we surrender to the gospel of Jesus Christ as we are gradually being transformed into the image of Christ (2Corinthians 3:16-18). How is that going for you? I encourage you not to look at what needs to be done but look at what has already been accomplished. Encourage others as you share the change you see in them and humbly marvel at the change others see in you and give thanks to God.