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Every disciple of Jesus is a missionary!

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How would it feel to live like Jesus for a day? What would it be like to love and have compassion for people as He did? What would it be like to worship God the Father like Him? What would it be like to have His complete dependency on the Holy Spirit? What would it be like to live so sacrificially and courageously? What if the eternal-kind- of-life that Jesus is freely offering humanity is the joy of possessing His eternal, all-sufficient, all-satisfying, God-glorifying life right now?

In the garden, God placed His masterpieces: Adam and Eve. They were His first communal representatives to all the earth. God placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden as well. The Tree of Life represents a face-to-face, life-giving relationship with God. And the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents man living life spiritually dead and independent from Him.

Tragedy entered when Satan, God’s enemy, became hell-bent on spreading evil, rebellion and death. Through his craftiness, he deceived our parents to doubt God’s goodness and to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 3:5). Because of Adam, humanity lost its life, love, identity and mission.

If Church members are going to impact the lost in our spheres of influence, we must reclaim Jesus’ life, love, identity and mission as our own.

Because Jesus gave His life, salvation is more than a trip to heaven when we die! Jesus is our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King! He is our life. Jesus gave His life for the Church and the world so He could give His life to the Church—so that He could live His life through the Church.

God the Father loves His Son Jesus infinitely and unconditionally. Because His Church is in Jesus, God the Father loves us infinitely and unconditionally (Eph. 1:3–5). There is nothing you can do to make God love you more than He does, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less. Why? Because you are in Christ; it is the love of God that sets the heart of the church ablaze with love for the world.

In order to be Jesus’ disciples, we must take His identity as our own. A rabbi named Yose Ben Yoezer said to his disciples “cover yourself in the dust of your rabbi’s feet.”* The picture of being covered in the dust of your rabbi came from something that was common in Jesus’ day. When a rabbi came to town, a group of disciples followed right behind him, doing their best to keep up as he taught from place to place. By the end of the day, his disciples were covered with the dust from the rabbi’s feet. This was a good thing. It meant they watched how he lived and listened to how he taught so they could one day live and teach like him. The time is upon the Church to do the sacred work, in the Spirit’s power, of making disciples that are insurgents of grace to our graceless world.

God’s mission began with a man named Abraham; through him, the tiny nation of Israel was birthed. They received God’s blessing so that they could be a blessing to the nations that did not know the One True God (Gen. 12:1–3; Deut. 7:7–8; Acts 13:17). It continued through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. He is sent to obliterate sin, Satan and death!

God the Father sent the Son, the Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit and now the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit send His people, the Church, into the world to be His missionaries.

The Church—you and me and all of Jesus’ disciples—is the physical embodiment of the tri-personal God on earth. The weight of this compels me to bow down and pray for courage to embrace this call.

Every disciple of Jesus is a missionary! Your mission is your job, school, neighborhood or gym. If we are to impact the lost in our spheres of influence, the Church once again must become a missionary training center.

The Church has been birthed out of Jesus’ life-giving blood so He can express His beautiful life to the world in our everyday experiences. If the Church is going to impact the lost through its members’ spheres of influences, we must once again embrace His life as our own (Col. 3:3–4).

  • Rob Bell. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), 130–131.

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