Microlight image Preparing and flying: Microlight aircraft, Shobdon Airfield, Leominster (Swift Light Flight and Hereford Times)

Four values that shape a disciple

This topic was introduced on Blue Run or see earlier post below.

WE CROSS a line from darkness to light, by trusting Jesus with our lives.
He has given His life for our life – established fact. We give Him our lives and say to Him: “I want You to rule and reign in my life now”. For some of us, that was baptism – telling our story and symbolically dying to the old life, letting the old identity wash off, and coming up into the new life, new identity.

So now we have crossed two lines: trusting Jesus and inviting Him to be Lord. The third line to cross is when He shows you His lost sheep – precious people He died for, but they are lost, often feeling hopeless or covering it up well. Now Jesus actually needs our help. Who represents Him? Who shows what He is like? Who brings His presence?

This is where we realise that being a believer is OK, but if people around us don’t see Jesus in us, how on earth will they know Him? We may be the only ‘book’ about Jesus they will ever read. If people don’t catch it from us, how will they catch it? If we are not the heralds, how will anyone hear of this new kingdom?

It’s not really about public speaking. That may not be your call, and many of us do not want to go there. However, you do most certainly have a call to share your faith, get alongside others, and even ‘do life with them’ where the life of Jesus can spill over. We all share a call to make a difference, where people ask “Why?”. Simply use your gifts: at the most straightforward level “whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies” 1 Peter 4:10-11.

Four values Jesus spoke about

These four values that define a disciple come from the particular, final instructions Jesus gave His disciples which are recorded towards the end of each of the four gospels.

Disciples are those who are:
Filling up...
...for a mission...
…out there...
… to show Jesus to others.
Jesus did actually say this. He didn’t say it in quite such a contemporary way, and not in this order, but He said it. Let’s see how:

Filling up

Luke 24:46-49
He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in His name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem. You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses. What comes next is very important: I am sending what My Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until He arrives, until you’re EQUIPPED WITH POWER from on high.”

     Follows on into the beginning of Acts:

Acts 1:4,5 and 8
As they met and ate meals together, He told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from Me. John baptised in water; you will be baptised in the Holy Spirit. And soon…”
…What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU, you will be able to be My witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

There is a prerequisite: an overwhelming experience of the Holy Spirit. This empowering is what gives us the ability to show and tell others.

For a mission

John 20:21-22
Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent Me, I SEND YOU.”
Then He took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” He said.

Disciples are people who know the Master has sent them.

Out there

Mark 16:15 Commission
”GO INTO THE WORLD. Go everywhere and announce (kerusso) the Message of God's Good News to one and all.”

Disciples are not trying to find a peaceful, holy oasis away from the pressures and conflicting values of the world. Or not too often, anyway! Disciples know they are called to be facing into conflicting beliefs and values.

To show Jesus to others

Matthew 28-19-20 The Great Commission
“Go out and TRAIN everyone you meet, far and near, IN THIS WAY OF LIFE, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then INSTRUCT THEM IN THE PRACTICE of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Jesus says: "Teach them to do what I taught you to do." They are to carry on doing what they have seen, and also done, under the guidance of the Master. Now this is to become the guidance of the Holy Spirit of Jesus.

The Microlight certainly needs filling up with petrol but that is just preparatory for the actual flight. Getting the aircraft airborne is like what for us is the real work, the mission to be out there, showing what Jesus is like by doing what Jesus did.

Apparently anyone can fly a microlight and it doesn’t take long before you are off on your first solo flight. But imagine how it feels:
• It’s scary
• It’s unsafe
• You feel unprepared
• You become very aware of anything that might be insecure – get it fixed!

  • Black Run: Seven characteristics of a disciple of Jesus