Demonstrating God’s Love Together
16Then the eleven disciples went to
Japanese knot-weed …. Introduced in Victorian times but can grow at a metre a month, with roots that spread wide and deep and penetrate concrete, it’s almost impossible to contain or get rid of. The extraordinary thing is that it now occurs in every corner of the
Unconsciously, over the course of a century, we have carried to every corner of the land, a powerful, almost indestructible, agent that’s transformed the landscape.
As Christians, disciples of Jesus, that is also our role, but not unconsciously, or as a mere by-product of other things, but deliberately, intentionally, it is the very basis of our existence as a church together.
‘Went’ and ‘Go’ (v.16)
Too often, when we make a commitment to Christ, horizons close down, the emphasis is on rules and responsibilities, the boundaries rather than the possibilities. Urban Saints consistently ask the question; ‘What next?’ The key to challenging Christian discipleship is what we can do, not what we can’t.
A Disciples’ energy is fuelled by worship, regular encounters with God in that context exercise away doubt, and opens up the opportunities of receiving all that is necessary from the very storehouses of heaven…
Image Passing Disciples
Our role as Disciples is to replicate in others what God has done in us. Just as we are all created in God’s image, so the process of discipleship is about handing on that Christ-like character from one to another.
In all of this the ultimate promise, the central image that we are to keep before us, is that of the persistent presence of Jesus, always and everywhere.
In your Christian life do you think more about the boundaries or the horizons?
Think of something specific and practical you can do this week … because you are a disciple of Jesus.
How strong do you feel your faith is? Ask for more of God’s Spirit and Heavenly authority.
How are you helping to mould/mentor other into the likeness of Jesus?
To what extent do you feel God with you always? Ask Him to help you recognise Him more.