It’s been just over a month since the celebration of Easter. As disciples of Jesus, Easter is the best and most joyous occasion because it’s a celebration of God’s victory over death and of the completion of God’s plan so we could live with Him forever.
And it’s a joyous message that God wants us to share. Just before Jesus went back to heaven, to be with His Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, He said these words to the apostles - Acts 1:8 - You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Note what He said. YOU WILL BE.. The question we need to ask ourselves everyday is this - Do my words and actions show I am a good witness or a bad witness of what it means to be a follower of Jesus? Because of what I say and/or do are people wanting to know more about Jesus and His love, or are they deciding why should I because in reality they are really no different than me.
Remember, God through Paul, said that as believers and disciples of Jesus, we need to be living our lives differently than those who believe and practice the philosophy of the world. This is what God, through Paul reminded the believers in Rome.
Romans 12:1-2 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of Your mind.
And what God said to them over 1,500 years ago is still true for us today.
And do you know what happens when we live transformed lives, when we live differently from the world’s standards? God’s Spirit, given to us at Baptism, empowers and encourages us to live and speak differently. And when that happens, God’s Kingdom grows.
Look at the early church as recorded in Acts 2:42-47
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
This summer in our weekly messages each week-end, we will be looking at the letters Paul wrote to believers to encourage them to live their lives according to God’s standards and to turn their backs on the world’s philosophy of success and meaning.
You’re invited to join us as we take a look at The Life of Discipleship and how God’s Word through Paul still speaks to us today.