Extreme or Normal Discipleship?
Jesus sent out His twelve disciples and told them the following:
“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” ~Matthew 10:7-8 NASB
In western culture, we often think of Jesus description of discipleship as extreme because we do not witness these things in our culture. But is this list extreme? We hear of people in other countries being raised from the dead, but few of us have experienced these discipleship endeavors in our western culture.
Jesus said discipleship includes:
- Preach the kingdom of heaven
- Heal the sick
- Raise the dead
- Cleanse the lepers
- Cast out demons
- Freely give as you have freely received
As we ponder this Bible verse, the desire to renew our mind according to His Word increases.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.” ~Romans 12:1-2 WEB
Lord, we ask You to keep us from deception and extreme fleshly living. We desire to offer ourselves as a “holy, acceptable, living sacrifice.” We choose to renew our minds with Your Word, and we make ourselves available to You for kingdom of God service.
May Your Words of life flow through our mouths in such a life-giving way that others know the kingdom of God is at hand. May Your Holy Spirit flow through us in such a way that those who are sick, crushed or oppressed are set free.
Thank you that according to Your Word, this is not extreme, but normal discipleship. Lord, You say, ‘If the son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Set us free, Lord!
We pray for our faith to increase and for freedom from the spirit of fear and unbelief. Let us be known as people of extreme love. May the testimony of Your life touching people and setting them free be manifest in our lives as it is in heaven, in Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is extreme.