When we see the bigger picture of God’s plan for us through Jesus Christ, we can’t help but give thanks. God has given us so many blessings through Christ. Yet, they present only a foretaste of what we look forward to when He returns!
Time for a pop quiz. What is a disciple?
- Someone who has completed a 10-week Bible study course
- A Christian leader
- A knowledgeable Christian
- A zealous Christian
- A Christian who listens to spiritual CDs
Answer? None of the above. Surprised? Don’t be! Never has a word been so overused yet so misunderstood. Although the topic of discipleship has been overworked, it is an under-applied concept. We all have probably heard a lot about discipleship. But if the truth were known, most of us still are not discipling others or being discipled ourselves. Most of us are still spectators when it comes to ministry. That is not only unwise and unhealthy, it is unbiblical. Let’s focus our attention on what the Lord said in His Great Commission in Matthew 28:16–20. Let’s learn what it means to live as a true disciple.
There’s nothing wrong with dividing up your life into pieces and sometimes emotions need to be dealt with at a later time, once you’ve gained perspective or gone for help. But know that God wants to be a part of your everyday life.
Jesus poured His life into 12 men, teaching, coaching, warning, and mentoring. And when He ascended into heaven, these disciples were not abandoned! The Spirit of God took over and became the fuel they desperately needed.
One of the most important purposes we can have is to live a teachable life. As Pastor Chuck Swindoll says, “Our acute need is to cultivate a willingness to learn and to remain teachable."
What a relief it was the day God convinced me that He doesn’t hold me responsible for how people respond to the Gospel. He holds you and me responsible for giving and living the Gospel; what someone does with it is His business.
In the final verses of the Apostle Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he provides four guidelines for finishing well.
Let's take a look at what the book of Ephesians has to say about your place in the workplace.
The Apostle Paul offers five foundational actions that bring us back to the basics of what it means to follow Christ.
The Apostle Paul wanted us to imitate God by imitating God's Son, a point Paul elaborates further in this Ephesians 5:6-14.