“Two Pictures of Discipleship”

 

In Luke’s gospel in Luke, chapter 23, Jesus is being crucified, and there are two men, one at his right and one at his left, just like the disciples asked to be placed. Remember when they asked him? “We want to be at your right and your left when you come in glory.” “You have no idea what you’re asking, because I will be crucified with thieves.”

One of them asks the most important question in the Bible. “Jesus, you’re the King. Will you remember me when you come into your kingdom?” Which question would you ask Jesus? “Jesus, can I reign with you forever?” or “Jesus, might I be crucified with you so that when your kingdom comes I will be with you?”

These are two pictures of discipleship. One uses the Lord Jesus Christ to pursue power, prestige, and honor. The other worships   Jesus Christ by embracing the cross and simply says, “Jesus, will you remember me when you come into your kingdom?” What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of God? Kingdom citizens live in humble imitation of the Lord Jesus Christ by living cross-shaped lives.

 

Because of Christ,

Pastor Aaron

 



“Two Pictures of Discipleship”



A Selfless Act

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 “Servanthood is the condition or state of being a servant to others, of ministry to others rather than the service of self. It means willingly giving of oneself to minister to others and to do whatever it takes to accomplish what is best for another.”

Take a look at the people who comprise your church and you will find many who can be labeled a servant. Beginning with the early churches many had to disband due to low attendance. Praise God for other small groups of families who took a leap of faith and built a house of worship. Through the years people have been saved or their faith strengthened because of Bible-believing churches. The musically talented who bring praise music each Sunday can be referred to as servants; a phrase from a song can draw the wayward Christian back to Jesus.

There are servants who continue the mission of the church by bringing the Gospel to children in Sunday school and to the youth on Wednesday nights. Church officers make decisions concerning the life of the church; others support and pray for missionaries and the idea people who plan spiritual activities. The church family comes together to hear the pastor’s message and to pray over the concerns of others. Jesus is changing lives in response to those prayers; words of encouragement linger in a person’s aching heart.

In any congregation there are behind-the-scenes servants in charge of remembering birthdays, keeping finances balanced, cleaning the church, answering phones and typing bulletins.  Many help with washing dishes, visiting nursing homes, bringing a meal or shaking a hand welcoming visitors. The nursery moms keep babies feeling loved and safe; handy men maintain the church building and lawn. Others drive the elderly to church so they can continue to worship.

These are thankless jobs but they are the back-bone of the church.  This is how the church survives and remains healthy because everyone works together for the glory of God.  Christ sees your selfless act of service and your faithfulness. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us,” I Corinthians 12:4-6.
by Sue Schmidt


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