John 14:15 (NIV) If you love me, keep my commandments.

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I knew a retired, thin as a rail, rather stately man who was a member of our church in Florida. He rarely said more than a few words but just sitting next to him you could tell that he was all in for Jesus. Well, we had outgrown our church building, so our pastor and elders led the way to start a building program. This gentleman was one of the volunteers to work on the new building, to help defray some of the construction costs.

I’d see him, from time-to-time, around the new building but really didn’t give it too much thought. I helped a little, but I was usually out of town. Anyway, the Sunday came when the congregation had its first service in the new building. We were all happy and excited about what God had down and had planned for our “little” church.

Before the service got underway, our pastor called this stately, string bean of a man forward. In his had he carried a small cardboard box with some hand tools in it. Our pastor formally thanked this man for saving the church nearly $100,000 in electrical costs by doing most of the electrical work himself, with the tools in his small cardboard box. The congregation exploded in applause, not to this fine man’s comfort.

It’s recording in John 14:15 (NIV) that Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” A uniqueness of Jesus is that in the Gospels He spends most of His time being with people, doing things for people, and explaining the kingdom of God to people.

Jesus doesn’t spend much time telling people to do this and don’t do that – some but not much. Instead, Jesus says, “Copy Me” (Luke 6:40). Christ’s commandments are Himself. You and I have heard preachers say that the only Bible some people will ever read is your life. It’s true. So, if you love Jesus be like Jesus.

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