Becoming a disciple: Perceiving the new thing

Scripture – Isaiah 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

Observation

How aware are we really of the realities of the Kingdom? Do we perceive what God is doing among us?

I see a sloughing away of some of our former ways of doing things, in favor of a new thing, that really isn’t a new thing at all. I can see the people of God coming back to the simple reality of loving him with everything they have and then following Jesus into a lifestyle of loving our “neighbors” as we love ourselves. It is the people who live by the great commandment who are then commissioned to go and make disciples (followers of Jesus) of every people group, every subset of people, and to teach them (show them with our own lives) to one everything Jesus has commanded us (first and foremost to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves).

Application

I want to get to the realities of this. I don’t want it to be a nice journal entry. I want it to shake me and those around me to truly live this out. I want to see people who have decided Jesus is worth everything, form into communities around the specific, tangible, messy, human lives of the people God is asking them to call neighbors.

Prayer

Father, we need your wisdom, you heart and your Holy Spirit to be anything but unsuccessful wannabe world-changers. Help us put the simple recipe to following you into real action. Let us not fear, but let us truly perceive the new thing you are doing in our midst. Thank you for bothering with us. It is an honor to be part of your family and of the kingdom. May we find life in the simplicity of following you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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