More Than a Church Member

The identity and mission of a Christian is so seldom lived to the full. The reason is that so few fully accept it. We consider ourselves as “just a church member” or define ourselves by our past or our weaknesses. How does Jesus define us and what is the identity that He wants us to accept and live out? I find statements of our new identity in Christ almost every day in the Bible. A few of my favorites and some of the most challenging statements of our identity are found in Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.

  • Fisher of Men – Matthew 4:19
  • Disciple Maker – Matthew 28:19
  • Persuader of People – 2 Corinthians 5:16
  • New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Reconciled – 2 Corinthians 5:18
  • Messenger of Reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
  • Ambassador of Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:20
  • Righteousness of God – 2 Corinthians 5:21

These statements of identity speak to the task and the mission that God has laid out for us. We are to be about…

  • Finding and catching people
  • Teaching people how to follow Jesus
  • Persuading people
  • Sharing the message that leads to a right relationship with God
  • Representing God before the world

Are you living as “just a church member”? Does your past or weaknesses define you, more than the mission of God? If you are a Christian, Jesus has decided that He wants to use you, to shape you, to empower you. Say yes to Jesus’ call and take up this new identity.

Questions:

  • What are things that have defined you in your life?
  • How have you been shaped by the mission of God?
  • Who are people in your life that you know live out the identity that Jesus desires?
  • Have you said yes to Jesus? Are you ready for Him to re-define your life as a Disciple Maker?
  • Who around you lives out the identity of a disciple maker every day?

About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of two young men: Jackson (17), Hudson (13). And one Princess: Katherine Jubilee or “Kate” (7) - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can I’m reading, gardening, deer hunting, on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful to others & fruitful for God.

Posted on April 22, 2020, in Devotional, Discipleship. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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