Over Christmas we examined 5 things that Jesus’ Incarnation and missional life teach us about the way we ought to structure our lives as His disciples. Let’s revisit these.

Like Jesus we are to…

1. Be Relatable
2. Cross Barriers
3. Open Our Mouths to Share the Good News
4. Embrace Humility
5. Be Devoted to His Church

I will take the next few blog posts to unpack each of these and offer some practical suggestions for how you can immediately begin to follow Jesus in living a more missional life in 2014.

Are you a relatable person? How Relatable Are You? You may be introverted, extroverted, or perhaps even anti-social. It really doesn’t matter. If you are a Jesus-follower, you are called to relate well with others. God clothed Himself in skin, inhabiting a particular time and place and even worked a blue-collar job. He was a part of the Jewish culture and it would seem that – in appearance – he was just like everyone else (Isa. 53:2). The gospels reveal Jesus spending time and in relationship with those who were downtrodden, rich, poor, hyper-spiritual, religious and especially religious-less. He entered their respective worlds and expects us to do the same.

➢ With whom will you purposefully relate well with in 2014?

Maybe it’s a commitment to relate better with your neighbors? Simple things like stopping to chat at the mailbox or seeking to serve them in some tangible way can open up radical doors for the gospel to take root. The point is that we all must seek to be relatable in seeking out friendships with those who don’t yet know Jesus. Consider the Apostle Paul’s approach:

“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”
– 1 Corinthians 9:22-23

So, how relatable will you be in 2014?

 

SethSigThumbSeth Ebel

Community Life Pastor