Jesus Is: Week 3 - Enlisted (Christ’s Power Day 5)

Opening Prayer: 

Father, thank you for calling me out of darkness into your marvelous light! Thank you for the reminder of the sacrifice of your son Jesus and of our eternal hope now that our lives are hidden in him. Use us to advance your kingdom and let your light shine for all the world to see!

 

Read: Ephesians 2:10, NIV

10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

 

Reflect:   

The calling of God to follow Christ is not a charge to stand by, but a call to arms! We don’t know God’s plan for Christ’s return to this earth but suffice it to say that it gets closer every day. As we read of Jesus’ life and ministry while here on this earth, we see a man who had compassion on the hurting and lost of this world. Jesus desires us to love his people in this same way. He instructed us to carry out the great commission, to “therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV) He had told Peter after he proclaimed to Jesus that he knew he was the Messiah, that he was a rock and upon it he would build his church.

Jesus pushed his expectations upon Peter further by asking, “Peter, do you love me? Then feed my sheep.” (John 21:15-17). He asked this of Peter three times. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus gave his very life for this world. That was the extent of his love for us. As we live our lives being ‘followers of Christ’ we must ask ourselves, are we “all in?” The power of Jesus, truly active and alive in us should transform us to be more ‘like him’, thus, conditioning our hearts to be more tender and open to love his people.

Paul writes in Romans, “and if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit, who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11, NIV) If the spirit of God is in us, then we have the same heart for the lost as Jesus does! When we believe the power of God who raised Christ from the dead dwells in us, we can truly be used to further his kingdom. We won’t fear for what the world may bring against us, because we know our God has prepared good works for us to do and he will perform them. His word says so!

 

Apply: 

Reread today’s verse out of Ephesians. What do the works God prepared for “you” look like? Have you ever felt like, “Lord, I just don’t know what to do to be an active soldier in your kingdom?” Procrastination and consternation are the greatest weapons of Satan. The paralysis of analysis can cripple and keep you from being a viable force for God’s kingdom. Pray for God to lead you to the right serving opportunity, but know this: there are many needs and many ways to serve God. Trust him and step out.  There are so many things that you “can” do, that I don’t believe you can pick the wrong thing. The only wrong choice you should be concerned about is if you choose “nothing.”

 

Closing Prayer: 

Jesus, you said in your word, “no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62, NIV) May you sharpen me and mold me into the soldier you called me to be, who you prepared good works to do for you.

 

Terry Schneider