As we begin this final section in our blog series on 3-C Christian discipleship (114 sessions), it’s important for us to review where you and I have journeyed thus far.
In Section One “The Spiritual Characteristics of a Godly Life” (39 blogs) we opened up the Holy Scriptures and found Jesus inviting all of us to journey alongside Him. And just as we found with the first-century disciples, so we find the Master leaning into us at times along the way and asking us the same question He asked of His good friends…
“Who do you say that I am?”
As I see it, it’s our answer to His burning question that may truly define who we actually are deep on the inside as followers of Christ.
If I say, for example, “I believe that Jesus is a great teacher,” then I’m indirectly saying that while I might be impressed with Jesus’ words, I may not necessarily be attempting to live out those same words in my own personal life. If I say, “I believe that Jesus is a powerful wonder-worker,” I might be saying that while I’m impressed with Jesus’ ability to do supernatural things, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m following the Master in His work of bringing healing to the entire world. But if I truthfully answer, “Jesus is my Savior, my Deliverer, my Hope, and my Future,” I’m proclaiming to both myself and to others that I’m choosing Jesus on a daily basis to be my all-in-all in life, my Lord, my God, and my comrade in this life and the life to come.
So in Section One we looked at the four basic themes of the life devoted to Christ:
Being A Believer
Being a Warrior
Next, in Section Two, “The Personal Characteristics of a Godly Life” (37 blogs) we allowed the Holy Scriptures to work their way inward, deep within our lives. St. Ignatius talked about the need for the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the brokenness and sinfulness of our human nature outside of Christ. It’s these inner movements of our soul that so many times dictate how we live and move and have our being. So in this Second Section, we invited The Master to explore with us these four themes of the inward work of God in our lives:
Being Physically Pure
Being Love Motivated
Being Extremely Valued
So now, it’s time to put the rubber to the road. If we say that we believe Jesus is our personal Savior, and we believe that our inward life is truly being transformed by the work of God’s Kingdom within us, then our outward lives should actually reflect those same truths! In fact, many would say that it’s the way we live out our lives in Christ that really gives true testimony to the faith that lies deep within us. So, if you’re ready, let’s ponder on the outward signs of a life lived well for God. In the process we’ll use the following four themes:
Having a Servant’s Heart
Serving Christ in the Workplace
Trusting God’s Provision
We call this section “The Lifestyle Characteristics of a Godly Life,” and I hope that these final sessions (38 blogs) will help you in pulling together all the good work God is doing in and through you, for the glory of His Name.
My prayer: Jesus, I look forward to receiving all that You might have for me in the weeks ahead. I thank You for the journey thus far, as I’ve explored my belief of who You are to me, and opened myself up to all You want to do within me. Now Lord, for Your glory, may I be the light and the salt You ask me to be in my world. For Your name’s sake. Amen.
My questions to ponder: Now that I have a clearer understanding of who Jesus is and how He is working in and through me, am I ready to do an honest evaluation of my outward existence, asking the Holy Spirit to show me both who He wants me to bless and where He might desire to send me so that I might be that blessing?
So what is God speaking to you today as we attempt to live the Christ-centered life?
Over a thirty-six week period, you and I will take a deeper look into twelve key characteristics of a godly life. In other words, we’ll take A Journey into Christian Discipleship. In order to keep all the blog sessions organized, we suggest you bookmark our Journey home page for ease of use. ENJOY!
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