There’s something really really unique and beautiful about a person who makes following Jesus look simple. Last week, one of those people came to Baylor chapel.
Bob Goff loves people. He throws a parade down his street in San Diego and he ties helium balloons to his friends until they float. He jumps into lakes with his clothes on to send his guests off and he always refers to his wife as “sweet Maria.” He doesn’t shake hands, opting for an awkward side hug instead. He crowd-surfs people during his talks and he teaches Ugandans how to tarp-surf. He puts his phone number on the back page of his book and picks up when you call. All this is even more incredible when you realize he runs a law firm that he started and serves as the US Consul to Uganda.
My buddies and I were talking together a couple days after he spoke. We were asking each other what it was about him that made the gospel look so attractive. Why did we see the person of Jesus so clearly in him? The answer is simple. He takes these words seriously:
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13
This command comes just hours after Jesus has washed his disciples’ feet and just hours before he is arrested and taken to trial. From this command, we get the day Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter Sunday. The label Maundy comes from the latin mandatum, which means to command. On the day we celebrate as Maundy Thursday, Jesus commanded the disciples to love each other like He loved them. Then went and showed them how much He loved them. His love was a love that does. Bob gets that and that’s why he called his book Love Does. It’s an incredible read, full of crazy stories about where God’s love goes when you aren’t afraid to simply live out the last commandment Jesus gave before He was crucified.
My friend Abhisek, who recently became a Christian, loves Bob Goff. It’s one of the biggest man-crushes I’ve witnessed, and his face was glowing when Bob signed his book after chapel. Here’s what he signed.
Love God. Love people. Do Stuff. -Bob
And I can’t help but ask myself what Jesus would write if he came to chapel and signed books. Based off of the Jesus I see in scripture, I think He’d probably write this.
Love me. Love people. Do stuff.
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