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  • Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)

Being a follower of Christ, a Christian means being a disciple-maker, which means leading others to faith in Christ, to follow Christ, and to grow in Christ. It means to go out by the authority of Jesus to reach the entire world with the Gospel of Christ and training all those who turn to Christ for salvation, forgiveness of sin, and eternal life.

Disciple-makers have to, first of all, be disciples themselves, learning and observing all Jesus commanded ourselves, being genuine and committed ourselves. This doesn’t mean you have to wait to be disciple-maker until you have it all down perfectly (you never will), but it does mean we have to be ongoing learners and practitioners all the time and everywhere.

  • “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NASB)

Every disciple of Christ is also a witness of Christ, of the fact that Jesus is alive, that he conquered sin, death, and the grave. A good witness needs two things, a testimony and integrity, truth and credibility. Jesus told his disciples that through the Holy Spirit he would empower them to be his witness. Interestingly the Holy Spirit is called Holy, true holiness includes absolute integrity, it is spotless, The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13). Since he empowers us to be Jesus’ witnesses, we can assume he will continually work towards us embracing holiness and truthfulness, to have a genuine testimony and integrity.

  • So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21 (NASB) “For even the Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NASB, parenthesis mine)

Every disciple of Jesus, everyone who testifies of Jesus is meant to act like Jesus, to carry out the will of God like Jesus, to be a servant to both God and people like Jesus. We are on God’s, Jesus’ mission.

  • We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NLT2)

Christians are Christ’s representatives, ambassadors of God’s kingdom. We are meant to be about Christ’s interests, Jesus’ politics, Jesus’ message to the whole world.

  • Disciple, disciple-maker, witness, sent servant, ambassador – GO!

 

To God be all glory. Love you, Pastor Hans

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is yours. Surely you repay all people according to what they have done. Psalm 62:11-12 (NLT2)

 With a big, audible click the power went off. PG&E (our power company) pulled the plug and no one knows for how long. Safety blackout, it is fallout from the huge and devasting fires that have ravaged our state (California) the past couple of years, and it is a first for us.

Susie and I live in a house where, except for the woodstove and water, everything depends on electricity, the lights, water heater, cookstove, fridges, freezer, other appliances, computers, and modems, … So, with the power out we are having to improvise, make do in other ways. We are now depending on our little 1,600 (2,000 peak) watt camping generator. As I type this pastor’s note, it is purring away outside feeding a power cord connected to an outlet strip I borrowed from the garage. The outlet strip feeds other power cords we keep switching around between lights, coffee maker, chargers, and refrigerators and freezer because 1,600 watts don’t power all that much. The water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, cookstove, and oven will lay dormant until the power is restored.

With a limited power supply comes a different way of doing things, that’s for sure. If we run out of gasoline then we will be down to no power at all, the food in the freezer and fridges will spoil, computers and phones won’t get recharged, the battery lanterns will grow dim and dark. Hopefully, the blackout will be over before any of that happens.

God is the ultimate source of power, whatever power there is in the universe has its origin in him. Think about that for a minute, let it sink in. Every little watt of electricity you and I have used traces back to God himself. Think about the consequences of being disconnected from God, how much it complicates life, increases how much time and effort we have to spend on even basic tasks. Consider, how much in your life and our world spoils because of not being connected to the one true and living and almighty God.

I have already thought about getting another generator I can run in tandem to power the house in future power outages. I have, even before this blackout, already begun to save up to go solar. Foolishly, we bring the same mentality to God. Foolish, because there is no substitute for God, living disconnected from him guarantees a more complicated, burdensome, cord-dragging, life with way too much spoilage. Foolish, because being disconnected from God is not like PG&E pulling the plug but is entirely self-inflicted. Ask yourself, “In what ways and what areas of my life am I living disconnected from God?”

Finally, what do you do when you find yourself disconnected from God? You reconnect, that is what you do. How?

  • Be honest and admit it that it is entirely your own fault.
  • Be willing to abandon your disconnected-from-God lifestyle.
  • Take up God’s offer to reconnect you through his Son Jesus Christ, who is the reconciler, the reconnector (Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:20), and ask him to do so.
  • Start, or start over, living a life that stays as close to Christ every single day.
  • Watch your life begin to light up.

To God be all glory. Love you, Pastor Hans

 

 

 

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