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.
- 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?