PURITY…STEWARDSHIP…DISCIPLESHIP

Men, what do you think would happen if we took the Bible seriously? What do you think our lives would look like both in the home and outside? Do you think we would see others around us respond differently? Would people see Christ or would they see self-centeredness?

Jesus walked with his disciples for three years. He was intentional in their lives and made an effort to show them true faith and what servant leadership (discipleship) looks like. Often he spoke in parables when in public and would later explain to true followers (his disciples) what these meant. The more that I read the Scriptures the more that I realize how there are so many of us in and throughout the Bible. That is, to say, that our lives are broken just like characters in the Bible. Some stories involve tremendous faith (Job, the Centurion, Paul and Joseph) while others just moved slightly in obedience and God used them and worked miraculously in their lives.  Three things that keep reoccurring to me in my daily reading are Purity, Stewardship (both financial and spiritual) and Discipleship. Personally, I believe that we have to move toward biblical purity and stewardship before we can truly disciple others around us. After all, when we move in obedience to the Word, (through prayer and the Holy Spirit) then God moves through us. The thing about Purity can be summed up in a litmus test that we find in Galatians 5, which are the fruit of the sinful nature and the fruit of the Spirit. Draw a line down a piece of notebook paper and write in the sinful nature attributes on one side and the fruit of the Spirit on the other. Check the sides that your life best lines up with. After you examine yourself then see how you line up according to what fruit your life is bearing. If your life is bearing the fruit of the Spirit then you are likely feeding your obedience to the Word daily and in prayer daily for God’s will in your life. If, on the other hand, your life is not quite lining up to where God wants you – pure, then repent and give up the things of this world that are keeping you impure. Where to begin? Read these two simple chapters: Romans 12 Colossians 3. The second is just as important: Stewardship. This is not just about financial stewardship, but it is about spiritual stewardship as well. Are you using the gifts that God has given you to honor Him (in every aspect of your life). Stewardship is defined as, “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.” We are entrusted with what God has given each and every one of us. What we do with it, how we share it and how we attend to our Lord’s business will all be judged. Finally Discipleship, when we clean our tent (our bodies) and prepare them to be holy and blameless (through the blood of Christ) then we can talk more about discipleship…