If you took an honest inventory of your life today, whose will are you actually following? God’s will? Your family? Your friends? Your comfort and security? Your “peace”? Your will? As a disciple of Christ, the will of God is the most significant consideration in all of life, and E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G Jesus lived and modeled was in direct obedience and surrender to the will of God, regardless of how radical or misunderstood it was to the watching world. Since obedience was a priority, He endured all manner of injustice, suffering and evil in pursuit of it. He met needs and showed compassion, even when it wasn’t on His timetable. He intentionally tore down divisive barriers, biases and prejudices, which separated and isolated people and communities. Jesus embodied what it looks like to live by God’s will. But to live by God’s will requires an EVEN IF mentality. Even if obedience leads you directly into a storm, you’ll do it. Even if you’re the only one in your family or friend group following Jesus, so be it. Even if your plans and dreams must change, God’s worth it. And Satan will resist you, continually striving to make you oblivious to God’s will or impatient with it or believing it’s not a viable option in light of your own will. But never forget that “the world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever.” So, what has God been telling you to do? Has He told you to invite a woman for coffee, but you haven’t because you think she might think you’re strange? Has He told you to start a Bible study, accountability group or prayer group, regardless of what you think about the size of your house or the “unique season of life” you think you’re in? If you’re having difficulty figuring out what God’s asking of you, then saturate yourself in the Word and prayer. Get some counsel and accountability – but take ownership of God’s will for you because as followers of Jesus, we’re called to follow God’s WILL for us! So, do not be afraid. Do not yield to fear. Do not tell God “no” and then follow your own voice. Just.do.God’s.will.
The culture is discipling more and more Christians. ITS making disciples of us as we continue to reflect the values and practices of the world because the majority of Christians are making excuses, not disciples. If we’re in Christ, then God expects us to follow Jesus’ example and be disciples who can contribute to making disciples. Our obedience to His command in Matthew 28 to “… GO and make disciples of allRead More
One of the hallmarks of Kingdom living is community because everything about God is communal. The problem is that we really don’t understand what this life in community is supposed to look like. The western ideologies of rugged independence and consumerism really work against what Jesus is trying to do on the earth. We underestimate the fact that we were designed by our Creator to live life together. Read More