“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” – (1 Peter 2:21)
LIGHT FOR NOW: We are to emulate Christ.
It’s always wonderful when one reads through the four human accounts of the earthly walk of Jesus Christ, usually referred to as the “GOSPELS”, inspired by the Holy Ghost (2 Timothy 3:16); there, we’re able to grasp as humanly possible, what the son of God did on earth. He worked, talked and demonstrated the power of God to humanity in a way that no one had ever done. Healing the sick was a norm in His days on earth. “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in the Synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35). And we could see Jesus’ ministry summed up in three things; He taught, preached and healed the sick. Looking at His life, He sure knew that He had complete dominion over Satan; He raised the dead, even though it is usually considered a closed case. Jarius’ daughter’s case was typical of this (Mark 5:35-43). Lazarus’ tomb recognized the voice of the Master, such that He had to specify whom He wanted raised else, the grave could have given up more – trust Jesus. (John 11:1-44). He wasn’t limited at all, but demonstrated dominion anywhere and everywhere. The early believers emulated this; they were called Christians and Disciples of Christ because they behaved like Him (Acts 11:26). The question is, when people look at you, what do they see? What do they see as the high point in your life? We are to exemplify Christ; we are to talk and act like Him in all things because we are of the same stock and not of the society we find ourselves or the biological family we came from.
We are to represent Christ rightly so that people of the world do not get wrong impression or question what we stand for. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and of the Holy Spirit”. This is the mandate given to every believer; at salvation we received a ministry and all we have to do is to position ourselves there. Power has clothed you: “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”(Luke 24:49). Power has come upon you: “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). Power is at work towards you: “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to-usward who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). You have been called into power: “According as his divine power…..hath called us to glory and virtue (power)”. Power works in you now: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that WORKETH in us”(Ephesians 3:20). Hence, Jesus emphatically said, “…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” (John 14:12). We have been entrusted with the message and the ministry of Christ, and as we go on in life, we must live with a sense of responsibility to do, preach and demonstrate a living, healing and miracle working Jesus to the unbelieving world. This is how to emulate Him. Actually, it requires guts to preach the gospel; Apostle Paul was a man of guts, conviction and dedication, he believed and stood his ground for the Gospel of Jesus Christ handed to him. That was why he said, “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16) Like Jesus, nothing else mattered to Paul but the preaching the Gospel and making disciples. It should dawn on us that necessity is laid upon us to preach the gospel! It’s an active life of service to the Lord, where you function here on earth as His missionary. We ought to embrace the preaching of the gospel with an attitude of conviction and boldness, knowing that this gospel of the kingdom has been committed to our trust.
INSTRUCTION: Never take the work of training and evangelizing in vain.
PRAYER: I affirm that the Father has counted me faithful and entrusted me with the ministry of reconciling men to Him – Glory
QUOTE: It requires guts to preach the gospel.
DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2