“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” (John 14:21)
In the hit television drama “Breaking Bad”, high school chemistry teacher Walt is trying to set up a big buy of his amazing quality methamphetamine. The buyer is reluctant to deal with Walt. This is because Walt employs Jesse Pinkman, a former student of his who sells Walt’s drugs. “You can’t trust drug addicts,” the buyer tells Walt.
Sitting in a fast food place with this dealer, the manager and also a man who is really a major player in the drug world, Walt explains why he works with Jessie. “I trust him,” Walt says, “He’ll do what I say.”
While Walt is far from being Jesus, he DOES have the same approach as our Lord when it comes to who he associates with. One of the followers of Jesus asked him “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say… Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me.” (John 14:22-24a)
I’m a little like Jessie Pinkman. I have my own dependencies. What I have come to realize, however, is that if I want to have a connection to Jesus, I have to get rid of them.
Unlike Walt, part of of doing what Jesus says involves dealing with my personal character. If I don’t, the attitude of Jesus toward me will be the same as the major buyer of Walt’s meth: He won’t let me into His world for fear that I may betray Him.
It’s getting more and more difficult in American culture to do what Jesus says. For me and I am sure others, part of the problem is that we want to fit in and have friends.
However, I think in my case the real issue is that I know that I can pretty much do what I want in America in the moral sphere and not worry about recriminations. In fact, the only abuse I would take in the US now is if I failed to join in on the fun. In essence, the boundaries against immorality are now gone.
What keeps me from disobeying Jesus now is that I value His friendship more than I do the fleeting pleasures of my dependencies. With this attitude in place, I have done pretty well of late dealing with them.
The rest of the world doesn’t know what they’re missing!