This is the last post in the series titled “Set the Captives Free ~ Be Free Today!” We’ve been exploring how to walk in the freedom that Jesus Christ died to give us. Today’s post is about knowing our assignment. In this series so far we’ve looked at:
- Set the Captives Free ~ Be Free Today!
- Knowing God
- Knowing God’s Great Love for You
- Knowing the Finished Work of the Cross
- Knowing Who We Are in Christ Jesus
This last post will explore what our assignment is ~ The Great Commission.
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We are to share Jesus with everyone. But how do we do this? Sharing Jesus is done through our living.
As we become intentional about our walk with Him, He will grow in us the things necessary to share Him with others.
Do you see how beautiful His ways are? Let’s not make it any more difficult. It is beautiful in its simplicity. Spend time with Him, allowing Him to transform your life. As your life is transformed, Christ starts showing through you. Let’s look at Scripture to see how this works.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
As we make an intentional choice to know God in our lives, He will produce in us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Many of us have desired these traits – or fruits – for so long. We’ve tried to obtain them in our own strength. When we realize that they are GIVEN to us by the Holy Spirit as we spend time in His presence, we obtain freedom.
We need to stop striving and contending for the fruit in our own strength.
As we spend time in prayer with Jesus and as we spend time getting to know Him in His Word, the Holy Spirit produces the goodness of Christ in us. This is how we share Him with those around us.
In my own life, I can attest to this being the very way that drew me to God. It was through the life of a dear friend. She exhibited peace, love and joy no matter what was shaking all around her. I was drawn to that even before I realized it was Jesus. We are each created to have Jesus as the very core of our being. Without Him, we are lost with a deep void in our being. We stumble around in the dark trying to find our way. When we see another person who may be dealing with the same things that we are dealing with but who are so much more in control and in peace, we can’t help but to gravitate towards that person.
One thing that I never knew before was that we don’t seek God. He seeks us. He will seek us through the lives of others just as he did through my friend. He sought me through my desire to find out more about her peace and joy. Each of our lives are so closely intertwined in His master plan, we will never fully understand our importance and our impact in this world. But when we grow in obedience to Him and when we allow Him to transform us, He will use us to draw others close to Him.
He will seek others through our living.
His ways are so much higher than our ways and I thank Him daily for that truth.
Another key way that we share Jesus with others is by sharing how He is working in our lives.
When we tell others of the things that He is speaking to us, the dreams He is giving to us and the other ways He is working in us, it encourages and uplifts them as well as us.
So get to work sharing Jesus! After all, it is what we are called to do!
Here is my prayer for each of us today:
Thank You for this Word. Thank you for seeking us even before we know of our need for You. Thank you for surrounding us with just the right people who will share Your Son Jesus. Jesus, We praise You and adore You. Father, we ask that You bless Jesus as He stands in intercession for each of us. Guide us and direct us and give each of us a deep, deep desire to never stop seeking the depths of Your love.
We ask that You create in each of us pure hearts and clean spirits. Cleanse us as we read Your Word. We ask that You give us dreams and visions as we sleep. Speak in new ways and empower us to share what You are doing with everyone.
In Christ Jesus’ name, we pray.
Stay in the Love and the Light Always,