Learning Who We Are Reshapes How We Live
In John 20:21-22, Jesus says to His disciples, "Just as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you." And then the bible tells us that "He breaths on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'"
This helps us understand our identity in Jesus and how we should live in light of this truth.
1. Jesus sends His disciples.
As disciples, we are "sent ones" or "missionaries." But what are we sent for? In Matthew 4:19 Jesus calls his disciples, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Three aspects define our "sentness" as a disciple: (1) We follow Jesus (2) We are changed by Jesus (3) We helps others do the same. As disciples, we are sent to make disciples who make disciples. We get to participate in God's work of redeeming all things to Himself through Jesus Christ as His missionary people.
2. Jesus empowers His disciples.
Notice, in John 20:22, Jesus did not say, now go and try your best. Try to figure this "making disciples" thing out on your own. Rather, Jesus said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." This is really good news! Jesus gives His disciples the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is the one who enables us to participate in the mission of God. Yes, we are called to make disciples, but it is God who does this through us. Jesus said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Not only does Jesus do the calling, but He is also the one who does the "making." And the amazing result, we get to be "fishers of men."
Every follower of Jesus is a disciple and every disciple is a missionary. Sent to make disciples who make disciples. Learning who we are reshapes how we live.
Reflection & Discussion:
1. What would change in your life if you lived like a full-time missionary?
2. Where, what, who is your personal "mission field"?
3. Who specifically are you making disciples of Jesus?
4. Who in you life seems to be open to a deeper relationship as a learner?