The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Twenty-three

As we saw last time those who are revolutionaries are looking for:

1> Intimate worship

2> Faith-based conversations

3> Intentional spiritual growth

4> A place to serve (servanthood)

5> Resource investment

6> Spiritual friendships

7> Family faith

These seven elements of “life” are based on the early Church as seen in the Book of Acts. 

These are part of the fruit that Jesus is looking for in His people. Jesus wants to see evidence that a person’s life has truly changed and been transformed by the Gospel of the Kingdom. He is looking for more than, much more than, simple mental assent and agreement to the message of the Gospel. He is looking for a transformed life that is producing fruit. These seven elements are some of the fruit He is wanting to see.

Jesus made it very clear that the proof of people’s faith is not in the information they know or the religious gatherings they attend, but in the way they integrate what they know and believe into their everyday practices and every day life.

The hallmarks of the Church that Jesus died for are clear, based on Scripture: Your profession of faith in Christ must be supported by a lifestyle that provides irrefutable evidence of your complete devotion to Jesus. The Lord encountered numerous people during His earthly tenure who could quote Scripture or pretend they knew and loved Him. But His reaction to them was always the same: “Show Me the fruit.”

Revolutionaries – true disciples of Jesus – are Christ-followers who refuse to make excuses for their failings; instead they address and overcome those inadequacies. Jesus did not die on the cross to fill church auditoriums, to enable magnificent church campuses to be funded, or to motivate people to implement innovative programs. He died because He loves you and me. He wants an everlasting relationship with us, and He expects that connection to be so all-consuming that we become wholly transformed.

Does something get in the way of your living like Jesus? Then figure out how to eliminate that obstruction.

Does life get so complicated that it is difficult for you to juggle everything and remain Christlike? Then simplify your life.

Arte you unable to find words to describe how you believe God has called you to know, love, and serve Him? Then develop new ways to communicate to others how God is ministering to you and through you to others.

Is society dragging you in the opposite direction from where Jesus calls you? Then acknowledge that your life is part of s spiritual war between God and Satan, declare your side, and get on with it. Admit that you are better off “fighting the good fight” and suffering on earth for the cause of Christ than winning the world but losing your soul for eternity.

Get used to the fact that your life is lived in the context of warfare. Every breath you take is an act of war. To survive and thrive in the midst of the spiritual battle in which you live, seek a faith context and experience (a local church) that will enhance your capacity to be Christlike. This mission demands single-minded commitment and a disregard for the criticisms of those who lack the same dedication to the cause of Christ. You answer to only one Leader and His Name is Jesus. Do whatever you have to do to prove that you fear God, you love Him, and you serve Him – yes, that you live only for Him.

This is the commitment of those who are true disciples of the Lord and live as revolutionaries in the world today.