Wednesday, February 02, 2011

All Grown Up, Now What?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Toys R Us kid is just right!. Who wouldn't still love to be one of those?
What do you want to be when you grow up? As a kid I wanted to be one of several things: astronaut, president, neurosurgeon, anesthesiologist, and more. I did not dream, however, of ever being a preacher!!

This leads to another, deeper, issue. Why are we here anyway? What is my purpose of my existence? I would venture a guess that no one said to be a disciple. When I read scripture, this is what I find to be true for each of us. In fact, a disciple that makes a difference. This is exactly what God designed us to be so that we can make a difference wherever He places us. So often we segregate every part of life so that we make very little difference in all the places of our lives.

In Luke 4, Jesus travels through Galilee to Capernaum. Located on the Northwest side of the Sea of Galilee, this poor fishing village would become HQ for the Galilean ministries. Peter and Andrew live on the seashore and head straight out to work each day. James and John live down the shore a little as they work with Zebedee. No doubt they all knew one another and worked together. While in Capernaum Jesus teaches in the synagogue, heals Peter's mother in law, and heals many others. He tries gets away one morning to pray but is followed and nearly mobbed by the large crowd that was gathering. They begged Him to stay. His response is not what most would think!

"I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to other towns also."

Really? He was going to leave? Aren't there still hurting, sick, and lost people in the village. He had already left Nazareth, but that was understandable. They rejected Him, but that doesn't sound like Jesus. He was leaving again. Why? Because many people still needed to hear the gospel.

We are called to be like Jesus. We are designed to be disciples that make a difference. This is God's design for you. He has placed you at home, work, or school to make a difference. Whatever you dreamed of being as a kid. Whatever you are currently doing. Your design is to be a disciple that makes a difference. We make a difference when we tell others the good news about the Kingdom of God. Before we get stuck in our personal space and never leave. Remember that Jesus left to go to other towns. This means to go on mission! Go! Take a trip short or long. Take a trip close or far away. Go someplace and share the Gospel!

This was the attitude of Jesus that we are called to have as well. Read the words of Paul to the churches in Philippi. Is this my attitude? Now that I am all grown up and supposedly have it all together. Is this my attitude? AM I obedient? AM I willing to die?

Jesus was. I am supposed to be like Jesus. Lord, help me be a disciple that makes a difference!

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