Sunday, January 11, 2009

Modeling

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." ~ Jesus (Matthew 9:34-38)

On Sundays I am continuing the theme -- Advancing the Kingdom. Today our focus was on modeling kingdom life. It is easy to forget that Jesus had to model everything he taught. From the outset, His twelve apprentices, the disciples, knew nothing of the message of the gospel or the kingdom. So in collusion with his heavenly Father, Jesus consistently orchestrated Divine events intended to provide the flesh and blood example of a heart and life captured for the advance of the kingdom -- a life fully given over to God's agenda. Faith was revealed through observable action, and it was insisted that works accompany faith. Cognitive learning never made a disciple.

We can see this intended design in the Scripture at the front of this post. Jesus spoke in the synagogue, but sent His followers into the field. He never modeled the status quo of our day -- gather within painted walls, sit in padded pews, and absorb lecture after lecture, go home, come back, and repeat the cycle. Let's face it, gathering information about the bible (and I am the speaker/preacher/teacher at our church about 48 weeks a year) doesn't provide much of an opportunity for modeling a transformed life.

Just a thought.

Also,

Another 6-8 inches of snow, and the mercury is going to tumble everyday this week. By the weekend the thin, red line will drop below zero! Daytime high temps will be in the low teens and single numbers! So far, so good -- Sandy and I are slowly evolving into cold weather creatures!



1 comment:

  1. May we get outside the walls of our churches, and thus, outside of ourselves.

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