Picture this: you are at a symphony and the musicians begin playing. But something sounds off, and you quickly realize that everyone is playing the same instrument and following the same note pattern. That wouldn’t be the most beautiful piece of music you listen to, right? Because what makes a symphony so beautiful is all the different instruments playing together using different melodies, harmonies, and notes that create a song.
The same can be said about the body of Christ. We are all part of the body of Christ; but if we all had the same gifts, talents, and skills we would be a robot instead of a body. Within the body of Christ we are all called to one mission: be like Jesus.
What does it mean to “be like Jesus?” Jesus said that we demonstrate Him to the world by loving people like He loves people. And the way He loved people was scandalous. It was counter cultural. He loved everyone as they were; including the people who were different from Him, enemies to the land He walked, and even the outcasts.
He calls us to be a bridge builder to everyone; including those who are different from us. The best part is that there is always something we can learn from someone who doesn’t see the same way we do. It shouldn’t stop us from loving them well.
This conversation wraps up Season 1 with Candace and Tara-Leigh Cobble, but there is a BONUS episode available for those who purchase a ticket to the live event on February 16 (whether in person or via livestream). You can still grab a ticket and get the bonus episode!
In this episode, you will hear Candace and Tara-Leigh discuss:
Tara-Leigh’s favorite site in Israel (it’s not what you would expect!).
What it means to be like Jesus and how we can be more like Him by loving others well.
Moments in scripture where Jesus loved others in ways that were counter cultural.
Being a Christian and what keeps them coming back, despite experiencing wounds from others.
Scripture Memory of the Season:
1 John 5:1-6 (CSB) Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him. This is how we know that we love God’s children; when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. And His commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. Who is the one who conquers the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Jesus Christ--he is the one who came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.