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Discipleship (Part 1)

A lot of people don’t get why we’re here. They really wonder about the meaning of life. There are Christians that don’t understand why we’re here. There are people that don’t believe in God and they don’t get why we’re here, and I would think they would be even more lost. Because if you really think about it, what is the point of seventy or eighty or even ninety years on earth if there is nothing left when it’s over? If there’s nothing after death, the whole concept of life just doesn’t make sense.

Everything in life has a reason and a purpose, a beginning and an end. They burn trees down specifically so they can re-seed. In the deaths of trees, there’s a replenishment of life. When you eat an apple, you think you’ve consumed the total fruit, but there’s a seed there to replenish life.

I don’t think that anything necessarily ends. Why should it be different with people? It’s not. It’s the same with human life. Our lives don’t necessarily end. Life after death might look different. It might end up being different. I think it will be different. But it won’t end.

In the Bible, when people died, Jesus said, “They’re just sleeping.” In Jesus’ eyes, the dead are not dead, they’re just sleeping. I believe in eternal life. I believe there is an eternity for me. There is more for me after I die. I will join up with the King.

But I don’t think our reason and purpose is merely to continue on after death. There is a reason we’re here. There is something we’re here to do. And that is to live a life of Jesus.

We’re here strictly to serve. We’re here to be Ambassadors of Christ. A lot of people forget this, even in the Christian world. You’d be amazed at how many Christians regard the Old Testament as just an old book that they don’t need to read. The Old Testament is part of our story! It’s part of the Gospel message, and part of Israel’s story. You know, when God created Adam and Eve, He created life in its perfection. Imperfection was brought in by a decision that Adam and Eve made. And then Jesus came down to redeem that mistake.

Through one man’s decision to eat the fruit of a tree, judgment entered the world. Through another man’s decision to die on a tree, there’s redemption for that judgment. That’s our story. That’s the concept of salvation. But it’s too easy to finish the story there. That isn’t where it ends.

Those of us who truly understand who Jesus is will realize real quick that following Him is not just a matter of saying, “Well, I’ll accept Christ as my savior and then I’ll just hang out.” No, choosing Christ is a way of life. You don’t just accept your salvation and then do nothing. Christ is our purpose even if we don’t understand that and we’ve lost our way.

The purpose of life, the reason we’re here, is to live out a life of discipleship. When you don’t understand that the reason and purpose of your life is to follow Him, then you won’t understand why we’re here. More on this next time. See you Friday.

3 thoughts on “Discipleship (Part 1)

  1. Jeremy… I so agree with us being here on earth to be disciples. Having a life and lifestyle of faith means we need to strive to be and do our best as His follower. We have our faults but we get right back up and learn from our experiences. Prayer, family, friends and faith fulfill our lives. Thank you for a well-written blog entry today!!! May you and your family have a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Nicely worded, Jeremy and very true. If we were only to accept Jesus as Savior and that was it, then it stands to reason that the Lord would take us home, but He doesn’t. We are to live like Jesus did (serve and obey the Father) and honor the Lord with the gifts and talents He gave us by doing good and glorifying Him. Being a light to the world! God bless!

  3. Awesome! It’s what I’m doing with 2 other guys right now – we meet every other week to read a chapter of the Bible (currently Romans) together. When both good and bad things happen, the 1st phone call we make is to one of us – because we are doing life together, discipling each other in Scripture and how to live it each day. Good words, Jeremy – looking forward to the rest of the series.

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