Remember BEING comes before DOING. But there has to be both.
Who we are in Christ fuels what we do for Christ. As disciples who passionately love God, we also need to express that love through active obedience.
If you remember from last week, we spend a great deal of time on the Great Commission and Christ’s charge to us to make disciples.
In essence, as a disciple, we need have this interweaving mixture of all of these components:
- A HEAD full of God’s Word that leads to true transformation
- A HEART full of love for others as we live life together as a church family
- And HANDS that are willing to obey God and go and do what he wants us to
- And MOUTHS that are willing to share the truth of the gospel.
So let’s expand upon our definition of what it means to have this new identity in Christ:
We are chosen, loved and accepted by the Father so we in turn love Him and seek His glory. We are purchased, forgiven, and righteous in the Son so we in turn treasure and submit to Him. We are indwelt, empowered, and sanctified by the Spirit so we in turn wholly depend upon Him….
TO…live sent as a missionary, be baptized into a church family, and to learn His Word so that we can obey and be transformed to look more like Jesus.
This involves not only loving and glorifying God with our heads (gaining knowledge), but also engaging Him and others with our hearts (being a church family), and also serving others with our hands and telling the gospel with our mouths (living as a missionary).
Being a disciple is not a “one time” event or a class we take so that we can check it off our list. Instead, being a disciple involves a life-long process of becoming conformed to the image of Christ as a LIFESTYLE.
Read the following Scriptures:
Philippians 1:27 and Ephesians 4:1
In both instances, Paul speaks of our manner of life. This word in the original language means our lifestyle. Is our lifestyle on that is worthy of the gospel? Do we truly display a consistent lifestyle that reflects what it means to name the name of Christ?
Read John 3:30
Does this describe the way you want to live your life? Is the focus of your life on yourself or is upon Christ and His glory? Is your aim to please Christ in all you do?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Spend some time in prayer today seeking for Jesus to increase and you to decrease. Ask Him to give you the grace to live a lifestyle of holiness worthy of the gospel.
You must increase, and I must decrease. I desire to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. I want my lifestyle to reflect your glory in everything I do. Please grant me the grace to walk in holiness and to live a consistent lifestyle that pleases you. Please give me the desire to make it my aim to please you in everything I do.
In your Name,