Archive for the ‘Christology’ Category

You can check out all of Willard’s articles here. However, the article I really thought relevant to this weeks lesson in Matthew 16 is here. Here is something to wet your appetite.

How the disciple lives naturally comes out of who the disciple is.

As Jesus’ disciple, I am his apprentice in kingdom living. I am learning from him how to lead my life in the Kingdom of the Heavens as he would lead my life if he were I. It is my faith in him that led me to become his disciple. My confidence in him simply means that I believe that he is right about everything: that all that he is and says shows what life is at its best, what it was intended by God to be. “In him was life and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 NAS)

Being his apprentice is, therefore, not a matter of special “religious” activities, but an orientation and quality of my entire existence. This is what is meant by Jesus when he says that those who do not forsake all cannot be his disciple. (Luke 14:26 & 33) The emphasis is upon the all. There must be nothing held of greater value than Jesus and his kingdom. He must be clearly seen as the most important thing in human life, and being his apprentice as the greatest opportunity any human being ever has.

The article goes on to suggest three dimensions of learning to be a disciple of Jesus. 1) Obedience to the Lord,otherwise, why call him Lord. 2) Imitation of Christ in all areas of life becomes our own existence. 3) “Learning to exercise the power of the kingdom –of Christ in his Word and Spirit– to minister good and defeat evil in all of the connections of earthly existence.” These are all very powerful ideas and beautifully laid out. I was incredibly convicted, challenged and moved by this article. It makes me excited and hopeful for a greater day. May it bless you as well.

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The words ring so true! Yet, so rarely are they uttered from my lips.

My prayer is to love and acknowledge my love for him more each day. Is there power here? Can we really say these words to Jesus, to God and even to ourselves and continue to live untransformed lives? I wonder what would happen if we substituted positive self talk for Jesus loves me and Oh how I love Jesus talk. Could the fact that he first loved me, make me love others even more, speak more kindly, extend more patience to my children, my wife, the church, the lost.

Can you and I utter these words and continue to ignore the poor, the homeless, the widow, the orphan and the sinner? Again, we love because he first loved us. Where is the pride in our ability if we can’t do it alone?

Sing with me!

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,

BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED ME!

Amen