True Discipleship Pt. 5
We have covered 5 of the 7 elements of discipleship over the past four weeks. We have discovered, unveiled and acknowledged that the most important thing in the body of Messiah is love. If you cannot love, you will not produce good fruit. Keep this in mind, love isn’t a word that wraps around all things. Love comes in many different forms and one cannot discount another because their love isn’t always being shown in the warm and fuzzy type of way. Recently, I have found it more and more difficult to love certain people that come in and out of my life and it’s nothing that is a salvation issue but more of a tough love type of thing, but we are going to stop there because this is a part of my discipleship training that is for me. What I am displaying is that the sixth element we are going to embark on discussing today, comes in the form of reaching points in your faith. From baby food and diapers to grown meals and tough decisions. Today’s message is about the element of discipleship called the Journey. But first,
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of messengers, but do not have love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophecy, and know all secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all belief, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am none at all.
3 And if I give out all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am not profited at all.
To sum up this element into a box would be to say that the journey is the way of Yeshua. Following Him and doing what He did. So, to figure out the journey in perspective that is applicable to our lives in this era, we must look back, wayyy back to the time of the Exodus and the ministry of Yeshua and finally, the way, one that is forgotten far too often, of the journey that is designed for us in this life. As we continue forward over the next couple of weeks, you will start to realize the same thing you realized over the past few weeks, that is that all the elements are woven together very tightly. Without one of the elements, the other parts will struggle mightily. With that being said, let’s get started.
Most people know that when Moses was kicked out of Egypt, he stumbled upon a group of women of which he took one to be his wife. Some time after that, Elohim called Moses to go to Egypt. Let’s pause there for a moment. Let’s make a comparison. Moses, a man raised by Egypt, who in his own spirit, knew he was not a part of them. A man who killed a guard of his grandfather, banished to the desert. He wandered until a blessing was bestowed upon him. After wandering blindly to find his destiny, he had a family that he had to uproot from his family from residing with Jethro, a midianite priest of Baal-Peor, to go to Egypt. Keep in mind, Moses made excuses of why he wasn’t the man for the job and eventually he did what he was told to do. The same goes for us, we are called and called, making a journey of the flesh, much like that of Moses wandering before stumbling upon the women. Finally, for some of us, we hear the call of the Father, like that Moses heard. That’s when the Father bestows His wisdom on us. And just like Moses, we are separated from our loved ones because of our choice to follow Messiah. Moses, his wife and child were separated from their family to follow the call of the Father. At this point of the story and comparison, things change in one way. Moses had the burning bush talking to him. He had a supernatural event in his life that compelled him to be obedient. He had an audible voice to listen to. We don’t have that, we have the law written in our mind and on our hearts but many of us get lost in a trap.
16 “This is the covenant that I shall make with them after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I shall write them,”
17 and, “Their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall remember no more.”
After Moses completed the call of Elohim in Egypt, he was led to move the Hebrews. What was Moses guided by? A pillar of fire and a pillar of clouds. Blindly, he followed the Father wherever he was led. Moses was obedient to the Father in following blindly and the only thing that Moses ever did up to a certain point was complain to the Father about the people he was leading. Just like most of us who has unplugged from the matrix, we complain about the people around us who proclaim faith in Messiah but live a life of flesh. Moses did one thing that gives us the proof that even the most righteous fail following the Father in this life. What was Moses commanded to do and what did he do that cost him the inheritance of the land of milk and honey? He was supposed to speak to the rock for water but instead, he struck the rock. Big no-no. Why was this a big no-no? It took away the glory from the Father and even if the glory was given to the Father, the people saw a man strike the rock for water. This resembles many different things in our journey but for the most part, it resembles disobedience and taking things into our own hands. The story of Moses is a very telling story because a journey of a nervous, anxious man taking on a task that he is unsure about being able to complete and then completing it but in the end falls short which is very similar to what happens to a lot of people. Of course, there are many differences about this scenario, but it is one major journey that we can look back on and reflect about.
When we look at our journey in life as we walk in the flesh, we always find turmoil and distress that leads us chasing our tails for comfort and prosperity. Therefore, when babes in Messiah start their walk, they are often misled into a trap of prosperity. One of the most natural things to a human is to follow what they know. Most people have a hard time changing which makes for a difficult time on this journey that we are on.
35 Again the following day, Yoḥanan was standing with two of his taught ones,
36 and looking at יהושע walking, he said, “See the Lamb of Elohim!”
37 And the two taught ones heard him speaking, and they followed יהושע.
38 And יהושע turning, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to Him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They went and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day. Now it was about the tenth hour.
Yeshua said to the taught ones, come and see. An invitation to see how Yeshua is, who He is and how He acts. This is a statement that gives us an understanding that what we need to look for is Yeshua, if we don’t find Yeshua, we have an answer to that later. However before we get to that, let’s look at the other two thirds that make up our journey path.
19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I shall make you fishers of men.”
24Then יהושע said to His taught ones, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me.
25“For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.
26“For what is a man profited if he gains all the world, and loses his own life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?
First, we look at how Yeshua is in His ways, then Yeshua calls to His first taught ones to follow Him. Has anyone ever experienced that? I know my wife and I have. Next, Yeshua proclaims that if we wish to come after Him, we need to deny ourselves, take up our stake and follow Him. There are a lot of words here that are put together and paint a picture, but this picture is blurry for most people due to fleshly desires and the enemy that is trying to cause us to stumble at every turn on this journey.
19 Because in Him all the completeness was well pleased to dwell,
20 and through Him to completely restore to favour all unto Himself, whether on earth or in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of His stake.
21 And you, who once were estranged and enemies in the mind by wicked works, but now He has completely restored to favour
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you set-apart, and blameless, and unreprovable before Him,
23 if indeed you continue in the belief, founded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the expectation of the Good News which you heard, which was proclaimed to every creature under the heaven, of which I, Sha’ul, became a servant,
24 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in Messiah’s afflictions, for the sake of His Body, which is the assembly,
25 of which I became a servant according to the administration of Elohim which was given to me for you, to fill the word of Elohim,
26 the secret which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His set-apart ones,
27 to whom Elohim desired to make known what are the riches of the esteem of this secret among the nations: which is Messiah in you, the expectancy of esteem,
28 whom we announce, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, in order to present every man perfect in Messiah יהושע,
29 for which I also labour, striving according to the working of Him who works in me in power.
Before we continue, I want you to pay close attention to this section. It makes a profound statement of which I find is a solution to the types of people that we end up complaining about. (Elaborate and build on Verse 26 and 27).
There are so many people that assume that once you proclaim your faith that obedience will follow shortly after without much effort or change. The idea that taking the faith serious and being able to just do what is taught by our Messiah would be second nature is a flawed and discouraging understanding. It sets people up to fail. Think about it, many of our predecessors that walked this journey decades before us listened to what was taught and didn’t know how to follow Torah or the commands of Yeshua. The biggest reason is because man has put a huge stumbling block in their way. I’m sure our loved ones felt the pull, received the Spirit’s conviction but as we all know, peer pressure and life long habits can be hard to overcome.
This past week during the Xmas holiday, I had peer pressure and some memories come in that I haven’t been subjected to the past few years but this year it was a bit stronger. Yet I still overcame because I do have His law written in my mind and on my heart. That’s really what this journey has to do with. Let me ask you this, if His law is in your mind and on your heart, does that mean you will automatically do it? The answer is no. Like a baby we must hold up our heads, sit-up, get up to our knees. We normally scoot backwards, crawl backwards before we start going forward. We then learn how to stand but we go back down to crawl, so we move. We start to walk but fall a few steps into it. We start to run but we stumble when we go to fast. Finally, through many bumps, bruises and sometimes broken bones, we run a marathon. Apply this knowledge to the spirit and you have our journey.
13 For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
14 But solid food is for the mature whose senses have been trained by practice to discern both good and evil.
The best part about this journey isn’t the fact that we choose to be on it or that we can do it. The best part while we are on it is that we are not alone. We have our Father in heaven, we have our brethren with us who can help us, even if they do admonish us. Most of all, it brings an experience of love that helps us find the meaning of our lives and to celebrate a hope, a hope that maybe, just maybe we can share that with someone else. After all, Yeshua came to save the world, we need to help by being workers and recruiting more workers, an important part of this journey.
When we can work together in our journey, it empowers one another to do the call that Messiah has bestowed upon us. We can exercise our work ethics in the field, reaching those who need Him the most. The spiritually sick and damned. Whether we like titles or responsibility, it’s a part of this family and everyone needs to find a way to pull their weight. The act of sitting in pews and that being enough needs to be over. Think about it, if all the church were taught the way we have been taught in this ministry, and each of those people learned to get out there and spread the same Good News that I and a select few others are spreading, how much more do you think this movement of the true faith will grow? The problem, unfortunately, doesn’t lie with us or with the church, it lies with the people and their ignorance to pick up their bibles, read, pray, ask for understanding and listen. It lies with false doctrines that molds false teachers. It lies with a greedy, corrupt church system that has solid the good name of the Good News with a lazy belief and concept. A concept of comfort and prosperity, a concept of a life without a journey through Messiah and the Word. This element today, Journey, for all of us, it started with the Father, it started with every word that came out of His mouth, it started with Yeshua. We are just jumping on it when we decide to check out of Hotel World and check into Hotel Salvation.
I challenge you today, are you walking this journey the best you can? Can you get better? Could you spread His Good News better? Can your journey, today, take its next step in your life? Can you love Messiah more and do more for Him as He continues to do and guide you more as He is guiding your steps? The journey just got more serious. Do we have any questions?