And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the Lord our God and we will obey His voice." (Joshua 24:24)
We disciples are linked together by our choice to serve the Lord. Though linked together we are each different. God made us that way and He doesn't expect one to fit the peculiar mold of another. We have been different from the womb, and our experiences have been different from then until now.
That makes us valuable to each other. As we open our minds and hearts to fellow-disciples we have the opportunity to learn how God has used His Word and His power to shape their destinies. This enables us to receive His riches from a different perspective, a dimension beyond our own limited experience.
The disciple realizes he has miles and years of spiritual maturity available to him, and that God uses others to stretch him in his growth process. He submits to being vulnerable as his understanding of truth is questioned and tested and refined. Without these challenges there is no growth.
Remember, Jesus Christ was not a professor at a seminary; He was put to death for His teaching; His Word has survived for 2,000 years; His love is still the cement that holds His body together; He has called us to be like Him.
When we chose Christ, we chose to be different from the world. The atheist says there is no God; therefore, no life after death. The agnostic believes that man can't know anything beyond the material, that God is unknowable; therefore, he doubts the existence of God and life after death. But the disciple has grasped the truth that there is no real life without death.
Jesus Christ was brought into the world to lay down His life.
He was predestined, and so are we (Romans 8:29,30 and Ephesians 1:5,11).
He was crucified and so are we (Romans 6:6).
He has died and so have we (Galatians 2:20).
He placed His flesh upon the cross in order for His Spirit to be released (John 16:7-13).
Unless we do the same, we are not truly His disciples. (Galatians 5:24,25).
Life after death is the only way to freedom from the bondage into which we were born. In the meantime, when we lay our flesh upon the altar of the cross, our Lord imparts to us a resurrected, spiritual life, and the release into victory is sweet. Christ had to die to experience resurrection, and so do we.
Disciples can't create so much as a grain of sand or a blade of grass. We are vessels through whom our Lord ministers by His Spirit, servants and nothing more. Though He imparts gifts for ministry (Ephesians 4:11), He uses us only as instruments.
When a disciple says, "Yes, Lord", God does the rest. He opens doors and enable us to function. We must never forget, we are servant-vessels, nothing more. We have no personal power but God does what He wants through us if we allow Him.
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: In what way am I a vessel for God?