Trade Up

I see some great questions as an Internet missionary. Such as,

  • I really need your help spiritually. My Christian life is no longer what it used to be. I am not active any more and I need a God revival. Or
  • How do I control my bitterness and destructive attitudes? It affects my relationships and my prayers. Or
  • What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus—to surrender, have commitment and devotion?

Why does it seem scary as though Jesus will make my life worse instead of better? Jesus declared Himself as “the Good Shepherd.” In our culture good can mean just above fair to this-is-really-great. The Greek here, as used by the ancients, is better translated flawless, morally perfect, completely competent.

The absolute perfection of God’s will means every action I take to follow His leadership is a monumental step up. Following His leadership is not a little better, it is much better. The consequences of taking my own direction are far worse.

So what is our right response? Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) The call is to hear and follow. We must be listening. That takes time in the word and relationship with Him in a constant communication with God. As sheep we are never to lose sight of the shepherd.

So then even in trying circumstances, we are prepared with a godly attitude. We are reminded to find God in the difficult. Rejoice always; pray (dialogue) without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:16-18)

What then are the promised consequences? More of Jesus. Jesus said, “Who has My commandment and keeps them is the one who loves me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

Complete your joy. Ask God for your next encounter with someone, “What would You have me say?” or “Lord, how would you have me respond to this person?” Then be still for a moment to hear is voice. Make a habit of it. 

A good next encounter could be to register or sign in at MissionNext. Hope to see you there to trade up to a life involved in making disciples of the nations. 

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson Malwitz, Founder

Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.

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