- Live passionately for and like Jesus.
- Living passionately for and like Jesus.
- Training men and women to live passionately for and like Jesus.
- Planting churches that plant churches filled with people living passionately for and like Jesus.
These are the phrases, that have dominated my thinking, studying, preaching, teaching and living for the last 25 years. When I try to imagine what it is that Jesus wants from His disciples I come to the same conclusion over and over. He wants me (us) to live passionately for and like Him. Out of our enchantment and love for God our lives are to be radically transformed as we follow Him, and to better reflect Him every day.
Some weeks ago, a national leader in one of the fastest growing denominations in America asked me what it looked like for a person to “live passionately for and like Jesus.”
My response surprised not only him but everyone in the room. I can’t remember the exact phraseology I used but my response was something like this:
“I’m not sure I can. And I’m not sure it is important that I can’t. There are many things in life that are important that cannot be defined with the precision of a mathematical formula. Like the Supreme Court justice who said ‘I can’t define pornography but I know it when I see it,’ living passionately for and like Jesus is easily seen or experienced but not so easily defined.”
“But when our words and life begin to look like Jesus, when our passions and pursuits begin to resemble a ‘not my will but Your will be done’ type of texture, when the fragrance of our life reminds people of the holiness of God, when the boldness and confidence of our lives coupled with the humility of our lives begins to attract some and repel others—something wonderful and noticeable is happening.”
“I think Acts 4:13 is a profound statement of what a disciple looks like and what their effect is on the people around them.”
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Well the discussion went on for a while but that is the gist of what I said.
If we change the question slightly and say, How do we get there?, a whole new avenue opens up for discussion. I will blog on that topic soon.
What do you think?