Let me ask this… How often have you met someone who says that they’re a Christian, but when you look at the fruit of their life, it doesn’t match up!
I’ve met plenty of people like that. And in my younger years, I was that person.
Let’s be honest. This is one of the reasons that Christians get the reputation of “hypocrite”. If you’re in church leadership, it’s probably something that is on your mind more than those who lead outside of the local church.
But, regardless of how much you do or don’t think about this, where you see or experience it, in this episode, we tackle the never ending issue of discipleship and what discipleship leads to.
Specifically, we talk about The life of a disciple and the heart of a multiplier.
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Christianity must do more than check a box. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was a Lutheran pastor, theologian and Nazzi resister, spoke of “cheap grace”- He highlighted that Christianity cannot exist without a cross. In fact, the church must lead others into the cruciform life.
Yet, We (the American Church) tend to believe that being a Christian is easy. It only requires faith in Jesus as our savior. So we allow a distinction between Christianity and discipleship.
We have offered a cheap grace that allows us to be Christian but not commit to a life of following the person of Jesus and surrendering to him.
Author and theologian, Greg Ogden says that “we must reaffirm that biblically there is no distinction between embracing God’s grace as a forgiven sinner and following Jesus as the primary shaping influence over our life.”
Today, I want to remind you that disciples are formed within the context of relationship.
It has to be… Because at the core of what it means to be a disciple, is to be in a relationship with Jesus… a relationship that transforms everything about who we are, how we behave, what we think. And when we’re in relationship with Jesus, we are also in relationship with His people, the church.
Here’s the deal… Healthy discipleship will always leader to multiplication.
John 13:3-5 Jesus reveals the heart of the multiplier through what he knows and does.
In it, we see that the towel is going to be the flag of His kingdom. Here’s what it says:
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Multipliers know 6 truths:
They know who they are.
Jesus knew the father. It was the basis of His security. He had heard the father declare his sonship already. It was then that He could begin his ministry. Their value is not found in comparison, size, status, etc. The multiplier tunes their ear to the one voice who says “with you, I am well pleased” and this frees them to be free to follow the mission of multiplication. You need to keep hearing the father say “I’m proud of you.”
They know what they have.
Authority. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his Authority. He didn’t need a tile, office, staff, budget… Jesus had authority and He demonstrated it in order to manifest the Kingdom and advance the mission He was on. He gave that authority to those he commissioned. He told the 72 to go out and declare the Kingdom of God has come near. He said “I’ve given you authority to trample on serpents.” Your authority flows from the throne of Heaven and into your life. Rise up and walk in it in order to release the Spirit in your ministry context. “You have holy ghost boots on and its snake stomping time.”
They know where they come from.
Story. He knew that He had come from God. Jesus was solid in His identity and authority because he knew His story. At age 12, He knew His story and was about His Father’s business. Multipliers understand this too, they knew they’ve come from the father. You’ve been knit together by the father, but you’ve been born again and redeemed. Know what you’ve been saved from. Do you understand and have a fresh revelation of the Grace in your life? Have you preached the Gospel to yourself today? When it is fresh and real in your life, it will create a passion to pass it on! If your vision is not connected to your story, it is probably your imagination.
They know where they’re headed.
Eternity. He knew where he came from, and that He was returning to God. Jesus knew that He was headed home. Because He knew that, He knew He could take big risk and walk lightly on earth. Multipliers know where home is and are both engaged and detached. Their hands are dirty in the needs of the world around them, but their hearts are also so filled with Heaven that they have an eternal perspective. There’s an old poem by Charles Studd that says “Only one life twill soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” When you know where home is, you’re free to do the crazy, risky things.
They know what greatness looks like.
Humility. Water runs to the lowest place. So. knowing all of this, he wrapped the towel, the banner of His kingdom, around His waist and began to serve. Your heart will want to hold onto being the hero until you understand these things. “I am among you as the one who serves”. When the world is into heroes, multipliers join Jesus in hero making.
They know the power of multiplication.
Jesus did this out of need (practical), but also as an example to train foot washers. 12 multipliers is bigger than a crowd of 12,000 any day. He came to serve and make servants. Invest in others for the purpose of sending them to others. Then and only then does your life have maximum impact for the kingdom.
I hope that today, You’re challenged to think afresh about what you’re offering to people as you offer salvation.
It’s not something cheap and easy. It will cost everything.
It costs our life as we lay down our agenda, plans, dreams to take on the way of Christ…. The way of a multiplier.
I also hope that today, you are challenged to switch your thinking from addition to multiplication. And maybe even switch some systems in your ministry from ones that produce addition to ones that produce multiplication!
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Until next time, I hope you continue to lead like Jesus