As the Father sent me, so send I you. (John 20:21)
I would like to reiterate the points I wrote yesterday about the initiative of God in our salvation. In John 5: 17-20, Christ explained how he fulfilled his earthly ministry. He saw where God the Father worked, and then became active in the ministry himself. He said, “The Son can do nothing by himself.” He was totally dependent on the father. And Christ said that the Father showed him what he did because he loved the Son.
Just as the Father was for Christ, so is Christ for us. We can do nothing without Christ (John 15: 5). He will show us what he is doing and invite us to join him on his mission. The question is, of course, how can we know what Christ is doing?
First, we should have a basic knowledge of the Bible, the commandments of Christ to His disciples and the Great Commission. He has commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations. He has commanded us to teach these disciples to obey everything he had taught.
Second, we should be sensitive to the guidance of his Spirit. This was a strong feature of the early Church, that they brought the teachings of Christ to the people to whom God led them. They followed the guidance of the Spirit in their hearts.
Third, we should let God guide us through the circumstances. We find that the early church trusted God in the midst of circumstances they could not control. Sometimes the “circumstances” developed because God’s Spirit had been working through other believers. Sometimes they developed through unbelievers and even people who sought to do evil against the church. But they saw God at work in them nonetheless.
They also used the modern technology of their time. The apostles traveled on ships. They traveled the streets that Rome had built. They wrote and sent letters. They wrote new Christian songs and sang them in worship. They used these practical ways to fulfill God’s plan for them.
So these are four ways we can follow Christ today: know the Bible; listen to the spirit; let Christ speak to us through other believers; and pay attention to the circumstances that he has entrusted to us. And we should not be afraid of change and new technologies.
Are you in the word of God? Do you listen to his Spirit? Are you in good fellowship with other Christians? Do you trust that God is above the circumstances of the world? Are you open to God to find new and modern ways to reach people?
May God bless you!