Jesus commands His Disciples

 

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Jesus spoke extensively to the disciples in private because He wanted to instruct them about how they need to live successful lives after His death and resurrection. Jesus knew it was going to be tough for them and for anyone else who took the mantle of being a disciple of Christ on. Therefore He provided His commandments and HolyGhost to help. Jesus’s commands varied but they were very specific as to how disciples need to lead successful lives; below I categorise His commandments and what He wanted us to learn:

What God expects from us – The calling
What we should expect from this life – The vision
What has been given to us by God – The purpose
The dangers of people – Wisdom
The end times – Discernment
The authority we carry – Knowledge

Jesus was very purposeful and wanted us to be equipped with the above as that is how we are meant to live our daily lives but many struggle with the commands of Jesus because He approaches them from a critical angle. Many Christians today despise criticism and promote positivity, but if we look at criticism the right way, we can draw a conclusion that it is for a positive purpose. Jesus is not condemning His disciples by commanding them with instructions but He ls trying to protect us from the hands of the enemy. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy and Jesus knows that better than anyone so He laid down firm foundations for us to grasp and live by.

Living by these commandments can be taxing especially when life gets tough, but that is precisely why He gave us His HolyGhost. The scriptures say that HolyGhost will comfort us by reminding us of the teachings of Jesus, and it is these very commandments written over 2000 years ago that we need to be reminded of every day. How desperate are you for God’s Spirit to be in your life? How desperate are you to be reminded by God’s Spirit about Jesus’s commandments? Today people love the feel good factor of HolyGhost and attend meetings for emotional comfort and months later there is no change in their circumstances.

The greatest counsellor is HolyGhost, and He is ready willing and able to teach you about Jesus and help you be a light to this world and salt to this earth. He is willing to remind you of your authority and the dangers of the people that surround you. If you want to be a genuine disciple of Jesus, then you will love His commandments and will love to be obedient to Him concerning them. If you find yourself struggling with this, then you must recognise you need God’s Spirit in your lives.

This is what Paul means when He said, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The strength to follow His commands, not to go to work, school or if you are having a bad day. I despise those Facebook memes that are thrown about. Of course, Christ wants to strengthen us for life but it is rooted in His commands, and if you aren’t following them then there is no chance you will be fully strengthened for anything else in life.

Love His commands, Love being obedient – Then you are a disciple of Jesus

Disciples have vision

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Jesus spoke at length to the disciples about many subjects, but the one area which He wanted them to grasp was the vision about His second coming. Everything He wanted them to know concerned His return and what needed to happen before He came back, therefore the disciples who later became the apostles based their entire vision, hope and lifestyle in His return. Today the talk of Jesus returning is extremely limited because the church is busy focussing on what their daily provisions need to be. The following are typical examples of this:
Numbers – Are churches keeping membership and converting those into tithes/offerings?
Teaching – What’s being taught? Most preachers recycle their sermons based on their convictions!
Fellowship – Coffee and Cake keep the need for the HolySpirit at a minimum – I am not against coffee and cake, but it does replace the spiritual over time.
If you are a disciple of Jesus you will be extremely focussed on His return for many reasons; One being that scripture tells us that this is our only blessed hope in the book of Titus. Secondly, you will do everything in mind for the generations to come hence why Jesus had the Apostles plant the first churches. Forward thinking with spiritual principles in mind will bless people with truth and vision and God’s will shall be executed and His Kingdom will come. Below are three benefits of looking forward to Jesus coming back:
Realisations that earthly pain is temporary
Realisation that your time is short
Realisation that you have much authority and responsibility
It’s time for the church to wake up from their survival mode and understand the times and seasons we are living in. Without vision, we perish, and those who want to be disciples recognise that they will only live the abundant lifestyle through focussing on Jesus coming back. Followers are concerned with today and their needs; disciples think about pioneering for future generations.