Walking with Christ-like purpose
by Ps Jamie Sharp, 19 Feb 17
Walking with Christ-like purpose
This month at JC Family, we’ve been talking about the vision of the house – to be a large, healthy, vibrant, family church, empowering people and impacting communities for Christ, both locally and globally.
And whether you’re a member of JC Family, or a visitor to this site, regardless of your calling or ministry, walking with Christ-like purpose is a call to all Christians.
Jesus, God in the flesh, walked this earth with purpose and direction. And while the Bible tells me He retreated for times of prayer …. most of his time He spent with others…
Jesus did life and discipleship and fellowship (relationship) by followship.
Come follow me,
Know me (Jesus),
See what I can do,
See what we can do….
Get others to follow you….
Sandwiched in Scripture where Jesus displays His earthly ministry with heavenly authority, all starts with an invitation.
“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” Matthew 4:18-22
First, Jesus invites others on a journey with Him. Then He takes those who choose to follow Him on a journey… a journey through a whole load of miracles, teaching, and victoriously doing life (this is discipleship!).
And then He finishes His instruction to His disciples…. but even more than that…. now to us, His church.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus invites, shows, teaches, empowers then releases.
We now, as a church, purposefully aim to increase and be a large church, both numerically and spiritually, generation after generation, by imitating Jesus…. Following in the footsteps of Christ and creating disciples strategically with the following steps as we go about our daily lives:
1. Example: Follow the example of Christ and be the example of Christ in your community.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
2. Encourage others along on the way, encouraging them to discover their God given abilities and purpose.
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
3. Employ them, this to me is the real guts of discipleship, getting them to do things alongside you – pray for someone together, I’ll pray, you pray.
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” Matthew 10:1
4. Then deploy – send them out to do the same…
“These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:5-8
It’s about walking your daily Christian life with purpose, direction, and with God given vision!