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Hard Questions the Church is Asking (3 of 7)

March 10, 2010

Am I doing enough to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

I know it can seem difficult to live in a way that measures up to God’s expectation of us. God’s Word teaches that we need to live up to a specific standard while on this earth (Matthew 5:20). Jesus even warned His disciples that their righteousness needs to exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees. We logically think we need to be doing something to please Him. So I’d rather deal with the question this way: What does God expect from me? (Here is where it gets fun J)

Taking a look at Jesus’ initial command to people, be a disciple is simple. Jesus calls everyone to follow Him. To be a disciple of His simply means to follow Him. It means learning about Him (who He is) and organizing your life around His. It means adopting His mission and obeying each step as He leads.

With that in mind, it is not fundamentally about living up to a standard other than submission to God’s ultimate plan. Abraham was called and blessed because he chose to faithfully follow God as God led the way. Jesus operates the same way. He calls and blesses those who faithfully follow Him as He leads the way. If you are letting Him guide and direct you consistently, then you are not just doing enough, you are doing everything He commands.

And what I love the most is that He promises not only the right path, but He gives us the power to obey Him through the Holy Spirit. Jesus does not set the goal and then sit back, eat some potato chips, and watch whether or not we measure up. The picture we see in Jesus’ teaching is His promise to be with us to the very end (Matthew 28:20, at the end). Do you know that? Jesus says, I will be with you, not, I will be watching you closely. He has a personal role and interest in our faithfulness.

The real question is whether or not you are following Him. Are you growing in your understanding and submission to Jesus’ character? Do you look more like Jesus today than you did yesterday; this year than you did last? If you can stop following yourself, welcome to the mission. Happy following!

Zach

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March 10, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

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