Live, Love, Serve

Duane Vander Klok

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.'” Matthew 16:24-25

All believers are called to step into discipleship. We are not called to just have the title of “Christian,” but to live in continual relationship with and for Christ. We are called to live as Jesus lived, love people as Jesus loved, and serve rather than be served. As we intimately live with and for Christ, and begin to pour into those around us, we begin to live out discipleship. It’s not just a title, it’s a posture of the heart, mind, and soul towards Jesus Christ.

So often, the Enemy tries to pull us away from living in an intimate relationship with Jesus. Sometimes he uses confusion, doubt, and fear to try and pull us away from Him. Just like he did in the Garden to Adam and Eve, he tries to whisper doubt into our lives and asks, “Did Jesus really say that?” Or “Did Jesus really mean that?”

The good news is that we have assurance in the cross and in scripture. We have the assurance that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He did this long before we were ever born, and yet the truth still remains that He made a way for all of us to live in a redeemed relationship with Him. We can hold on to the good news found in Scripture, and place our full confidence in Him.

This week, let’s not only live as “Christians,” but as disciples. Let’s pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and guide us on a path towards Him.