Week One - Day Four
When we follow Jesus the Holy Spirit instructs our minds
Luke 5:11 - And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Philippians 2:5-11 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Romans 8:9 - You, however, are not in the esh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Jesus called his first disciples, and they left everything and followed him. How is this possible? Our minds spin as we think of the details that would have to be tied up before we made such a change. Was life in the first century easier? Were their lives less complicated than ours? No. They had families, jobs, and many daily responsibilities.
Paul writes to the Philippians and describes how Jesus, as our perfect model, humbled himself to leave heaven and come to earth in order to save his people. It’s amazing that Paul would write “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” Does he mean we can have the same humility as Jesus does? In a separate letter to the Romans, Paul describes the state in which we now find ourselves. Although our flesh is weak and wounded with sin, we are now able to follow Christ because of the Holy Spirit. What we cannot do on our own, God does for us in Christ. Paul is telling us that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we, too, can humble ourselves and live a life of obedience to God.
• This week we have been looking at what it takes to follow Jesus. Knowing that the Spirit empowers you to follow Jesus, what is the next step you will take to make these changes in your life? Share your victories and struggles with someone in your family or Discipleship Group.
• “One Life” is the concept of noticing those around you and purposely investing in them to know Jesus. Identify someone in your life whose faith you can help grow. Who is/are your One Life?
• Look for ways to encourage that person to follow Jesus this week.