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Being A Disciple

“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.” (Mt. 10:1)

Simply put, a disciple of Jesus is a follower of Jesus. Jesus told his 12 disciples, “if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Mt. 16:24)

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

1. Live as a Worshiper – (Jn. 4:23-24) We have been created in the Image of God; and as image bearers, we are to be carriers of His Glory. The question is not that we worship, but ”who” will we worship? Our worship is like a fire hose that can’t be turned off, so the question is where will we direct our passion and what will we pursue? A follower of Jesus worships their Creator and repents of any false worship – idolatry, including good things like family, work, or recreation.

2. Seek a Kingdom Identity – (Mt. 6:33) A follower of Jesus recognizes the sinful tendency to find their identity in their money, intelligence, career, education, children, human relationships, or any number of created things. Therefore a disciple turns from empty idols and finds their peace and joy in serving the Living God (1 Thes. 1:9).

3. Become Committed to Spiritual Community – (Acts 2:40-47) A disciple of Jesus has a Spirit inspired desire to live life with other followers, the Church. They recognize their membership in the Body of Christ and understand the weight of that responsibility by giving of their gifts, time, and money to serve others.

4. Embrace the Great Commission – (Mt. 28:18-20) Jesus said He was sending His Church in the same way in which He was sent (Jn. 20:21). A follower of Jesus sees themselves as a missionary sent on purpose, in their everyday lives, to restore a broken world through Kingdom living and proclamation.

A Soul’s Thirst

What do you long for? What is it, that would really bring you joy? More than just happy to experience something… I’m talking about a deeply satisfying joy that would last a lifetime.

David longed for God:

 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and glory” (Ps 63:1-2).

David’s desire is obvious. Notice how he describes his longing for God, as a soul thirst. Kneeling in the Judean desert, he reflects on the barren, parched conditions around him and said in effect, “This is the condition of my soul without God’s Presence”. This is what woke David up in the morning and kept him seeking the Lord throughout his lifetime. He longed to be with the Lord more than anything in life. God alone would satisfy his thirst. 

Spiritual Health:

Passion for God indicates spiritual health, because it knows what to do with its brokenness! You see knowing what to do when your soul is thirsty is of greater significance than any other issue in life. Natural things may offer temporary relief, but deeply felt emotions like fear and betrayal are connected to spiritual realities. They embitter the heart and defile our perception. Passion is the only remedy, passion that has become motivated by a supernatural revelation of God.

Some Context: 

David is out in the desert, most people believe this is when he was on the run from Absalom. And the psalm speaks about David’s soul longing for God, thirsting for Him like a body on the edge of death, longs for water. Many of his people had turned on him. His own son had turned on him. The desert is where he was physically, but it was also where he found himself spiritually. On the run and far from his home, his city – Jerusalem and the Tabernacle. He could feel the crushing of his peace and the loss of his joy.  But he was a worshiper and he had knowledge of a sight in God’s Sanctuary. Notice the phrase… 

 ”So I have looked for You in the Sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”

David is saying he had seen God’s power before and in this moment it would once again become the strength of his journey. God makes Himself vulnerable to the thirsty soul. David had a history with God as a shepherd boy against a lion and a bear, as a youth against a giant named Goliath and as a sinner against the greatest enemy of all, flesh. None of these could match what he had experienced in the Sanctuary – in His Presence. Such knowledge… God’s power and His Glory satisfies the soul’s thirst once more.

Tap into the Wells

Refreshing site

Living Water

In our experience with the love of God we shift and move according to a spiritual current felt deeply in our inner man. The Bible speaks about this in a variety of ways.

Paul said “in Him we live and move and have our very being” (Acts 17:28); also he said God would give us His glory “…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph 3:16).

Peter said “though now you do not see Him, yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressable and full of glory” (1 Pe 1:8) and finally Jesus proclaimed that “he who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38).

It’s this “under-current” that stablizes a flow of God’s presence in our lives and offers a resource of “living water” that quenches our spiritual thirst. I have often imagined this flow of spiritual vitality as the wells of salvation that Isaiah speaks about:

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa 12:3).

I have found that these wells are available to every believer and can be discovered and tapped into by a nurtured lifestyle of prayer and worship. Some folks ignore this wonderful experience and find their “christian” life more of a drudgery than a release of joy and fruitfulness. I would like to suggest that this is truly where the life of God is found.

David said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11).

David was a worshiper who dug deeply into these wells to release the under-current of life giving water that could offer peace and joy and strength in the midst of battles, storms or seasons of weariness. We are to be filled with the joy of the Lord and reflect a life that is abundant and spiritually fruitful… even in the midst of trials. So tap into the wells that reside within your inner man and mine those supernatural resources God has made available to you. I can almost hear a gushing spring coming forth from your inner man. Remind yourself that your Heavenly Father wants to release to you the Kingdom… “on Earth as it is in Heaven”.