Day 26 | Discipleship Equals CHaNGe
To be a Christ follower is to become like Christ. We follow after Him. We become like Him. We walk in His steps, as it were. We make every effort to reflect His way of doing things, His way of saying things. We become like Him. A disciple. A follower. And this means change.
There were bracelets in the 90's that were a very popular reminder to stay the path and live a life like Jesus. WWJD stood for What Would Jesus Do?
The idea was that anytime you were conflicted in a situation, your bracelet would remind you to ask, what would Jesus do right now? What would He say in this situation? It showed the areas we needed to change. We mostly needed to change because we were nothing like Him. Following Jesus now for over 30 years, there are still many times I need to ask myself, what would Jesus do?
Jesus made it pretty clear why we are here on earth. We are meant to bring out the God-flavours and God-colours to people everywhere around us. It is impossible to act for God and on His behalf if we do not change and become like Him.
TIME TO THINK:
Do I live a life like Jesus?
What areas do I mostly need help with WWJD?
Jesus, You lived a public life on earth and showed people how to live a life that pleases God, the Father. Help me to see the life You lived as I read through the bible. Help me to walk in Your ways and speak with Your words. Help me in my daily change to live as a disciple. Amen.
Matthew 5:13-16 MSG
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
Matthew 4:18-22(NLT) "One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too.They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind."
'Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God.'