When Jesus invites us to follow Him, He invites us to take part of one of the wildest adventures you can imagine. He offers life at no cost to us, but at the ultimate price to Him which He already paid. In accepting the gift of life that He offers freely to us, we are granted complete freedom from the previous chains and oppression of darkness. By accepting His gift of life (which is for both now and forever), we are trading masters.
Our freedom is not independence so that we, ourselves, are the end. Rather, our freedom is from an oppressive master who wants nothing but our destruction. Our freedom is to being a servant to a master more concerned about our well-being (in every possible way) than even we ourselves are. Now, the God of the Bible rules over us (those who have received the gift of life by believing in His name). We may express what God is doing in our lives by saying that we are to be “Christ-centered and gospel focused.”
Since Jesus Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are our new master, it would serve our mindsets and attitudes well to remember this truth. Our entire person belongs entirely to God. This includes our physical bodies, minds, emotions, our wills, and our spirits. Everything about us belongs to God.
When the New Testament tells one to repent in order to follow Jesus, it is not saying that one can turn from one’s sins and be made clean on his own. In contrast, it is saying denounce the former master and all the works that you once did which were insufficient, unholy, and unrighteous. In denouncing the former, one turns to the new master.
Confession enters the scene after believing and turning to Christ as our new master. Confession enters because even though we’ve been purchased from the old master, we have not yet received the fullness of the promises of the new. We have brought baggage, habits, patterns of thinking and behaving from our old life into the new. So it is that when we fail, sin, break God’s law, and live the old way even as a servant to God, we must confess our sins. We must acknowledge that such an action, thought, or word was from our old self living in the old way, and we are reminded that we belong to God who would have us act according to His way (for our good).
Ultimately, being a follower of Christ Jesus means we live in the reality that He is King over all, specifically King over every aspect of our lives. As we grow in the fullness of this new certainty, we will realize that we cannot contain what God has done and is doing inside of us. It will come out. It ought to come out; it must come out.
God’s transformation of our lives will come out. It will be displayed in the new ways we think, in the new way we talk, and in the new way we act. So, stop thinking discipleship is separate from evangelism. In other words, do not think of growing in our faith as something separate from sharing our faith. We will share our faith in Jesus as we grow in our faith in Jesus. We will not have one without the other.
Therefore, I ask you to consider this: “Is Jesus truly the King of your life?” Do you consider your thoughts, words, and actions by comparing them to the truth of Scripture? Are you talking about what God has done and is doing with others? May we continue in our respective journeys of faith wherever we find ourselves. Let’s live out this life with no higher goal than to know, love, and faithfully serve our new Master, Jesus Christ.
A fellow servant,
Justin began serving as the pastor at Faith in February of 2013. He is passionate about people having the opportunity to hear the good news about eternal life through Jesus Christ.