True Discipleship Pt 6
We have spent quite some time working on understanding the elements of discipleship. We have looked at Yeshua, relationship, intention, spirit, bible and journey as 6 major elements in discipleship. One thing we have found to have a commonality in all these elements is what? Love. Love is the basis of all these elements. Paul said in 1st Corinthians 13:2, 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.” Basically, after you read all this section about the works, we do that must be done in love, if we have not love, it is fruitless and nothing at all. Today’s message is about multiply, however, before we multiply, we need to understand a few things. After all the things we have covered, there is one thing that is left out. There is one thing that gets overlooked. What I’m talking about is our mindset towards the Father.
We will start there.
3 The foolishness of a man perverts his way, And his heart is wroth against יהוה.
20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to Elohim? Shall that which is formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”
With these two verses, we are seeing a mindset that is very common in today’s society. You hear people questioning the Father about why this or that happened. Why this person died but this person lived. Why that person got put in jail and after 30yrs finally found innocent. Why He allowed you to marry the wrong person and not warn you from it. There are so many things that are put on the Father’s shoulders and not enough emphasis on why something happened. One thing that affects us and how we approach others in a topic is what we think about the topic we are discussing. If I came to you to sell you a product I didn’t believe in or I knew wasn’t good for you, chances are that my body language will tell you that my product isn’t worth your time. The same goes for discipleship. If I go out to make a disciple and my life has me blaming the Father for something, that will be seen by the person I’m talking to. See, when we are discipling, we have all these elements, traits and characteristics of Messiah that we know about and that’s great but if we find ourselves forgetting the basic characteristic of the Father that will ultimately shift our blame from the Father to ourselves, then our discipling effort is going to fall short. With that said, before I go on, let me ask you a question, do you know who your Father is? You may know the Messiah and what He’s done but do you really know who your Father is? Do you know what He said to Moses what He is? Do you realize the in-depth complex nature of the Father is so profound and so entangled in our lives that we shouldn’t be able to take a step without seeing Him move in our lives? When we blame the Father for bad events in our lives, we ultimately forget the nature of the Father. Yet, Paul addresses this.
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he shall have boasting in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own burden.
6 And let him who is instructed in the Word share in all that is good, with him who is instructing.
7 Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.
8 Because he who sows to his own flesh shall reap corruption from the flesh, but he who sows to the Spirit shall reap everlasting life from the Spirit.
2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance.
4 And let endurance have a perfect work, so that you be perfect and complete, lacking in naught.
12 Blessed is the man who does endure trial, for when he has been proved, he shall receive the crown of life which the Master has promised to those who love Him.
13 Let no one say when he is enticed, “I am enticed by Elohim,” for Elohim is not enticed by evil matters, and He entices no one.
14 But each one is enticed when he is drawn away by his own desires and trapped.
We have to take our own responsibility for the Father says through the Apostle Paul that we are reapers of what we sow, that if we sow fleshly desires, we will reap corruption. James continues to say that when we are in trial to count it ALL joy. He says that the Father doesn’t tempt or entice anyone but that we are enticed by ourselves. This is a major statement. When you apply everything that we just read here to this blaming habit that we have, we find out that the one to blame is ourselves. Yet when our dad dies at a young age, we shouldn’t blame the Father for the early death, we should count it joy as we have just witnessed the Father’s work whatever the purpose may be. There is a reason for everything. When we can count our trials and tribulations all joy, we can find peace in Messiah Yeshua to the esteem of Elohim bringing us to a happier medium with life. Imagine this, close your eyes, you are a sheep in a flock. You coat of wool perfectly white without blemish. A wolf comes creeping near your pin. You start to get anxious and afraid but at that moment, you look to your left and you see your great Shepherd standing guard over you. You give a shout of praise knowing that no matter the predicament, you are safe. The next day, you are in the pasture and you gaze across the plain and you spot that same wolf eyeing you as his next meal. This time you don’t get anxious, you don’t become afraid because you know, without a shadow of a doubt, your Shepherd is watching over you knowing that this wolf is seeking you as food. Open your eyes and realize that the wolf is your trial, your action to that trial needs to be you remembering that the Messiah is with you every step of the way, watching over you. We should be blessing and praising Him for His work in your life rather than blaming Him. We need to right the mindset we have toward the Father to be able to complete the last element which is Multiply.
5 And יהוה came down in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name, יהוה.
6 And יהוה passed before him and proclaimed, “יהוה ,יהוה, an Ěl compassionate and showing favour, patient, and great in loving-commitment and truth,
7 watching over loving-commitment for thousands, forgiving crookedness and transgression and sin, but by no means leaving unpunished, visiting the crookedness of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
8 And Mosheh hurried and bowed himself toward the earth, and did obeisance,
9 and said, “If, now, I have found favour in Your eyes, O יהוה, I pray, let יהוה go on in our midst, even though we are a stiff-necked people. And forgive our crookedness and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”
10 And He said, “See, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I am going to do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of יהוה. For what I am doing with you is awesome.
This is our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When we go out to multiply the body of Messiah, we need to be proud, faithful, exclaiming the love that we feel through the name of our Father and our Messiah. We need to have a high confidence in our faith as we proclaim this Good News to the world so to show our growth and light of Yeshua to all those in darkness. As we proclaim this message, we need to remember what we are doing.
2 Timothy 2:1-5
1 You then, my son, be strong in the favour that is in Messiah יהושע.
2 And what you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these to trustworthy men who shall be competent to teach others as well.
3 Suffer hardship with us as a good soldier of יהושע Messiah.
4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in the affairs of this life, in order to please only him who enlisted him as a soldier.
5 And if anyone competes in a game, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
We are witnesses, entrusted to teach others of this Good News. We are soldiers called to battle the darkness and to spread the testimony of Messiah. We will suffer hardship especially if we spread Messiah’s Word like a fire that spread across the nations. We must enlist, ready to follow the rules that Messiah has given us, so we can be good and productive in His tree of life sprouting out much good fruit.
How many of you really know the purpose that Yeshua had when He came to the Earth?
1 And having entered, He was passing through Yeriḥo.
2 And see, a man called Zakkai! And he was a chief tax collector, and he was rich,
3 and he was seeking to see who יהושע was, but was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
4 And having run ahead, he climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, because He was about to pass by.
5 And as יהושע came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zakkai, hurry and come down, for I have to stay at your house today.”
6 And he hurried and came down, and received Him, rejoicing.
7 And seeing it, they all grumbled, saying, “He has gone in to stay with a man who is a sinner.”
8 But Zakkai stood up and said to the Master, “Look, Master, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have taken whatever from anyone by false accusation, I repay fourfold.”
9 And יהושע said to him, “Today deliverance has come to this house – since he also is a son of Aḇraham.
10 For the Son of Aḏam has come to seek and to save what was lost.
He came to seek and save the lost. He came to make disciples, followers of Him, followers of the Most High, seekers of the Kingdom of Elohim. He did not come for the righteous, He did not come for the clean, He did not come for the faithful. He came to make the dead, alive. The unclean, clean. The faithless, faithful. He came to save. Yeshua is our Messiah and we must walk as He walked. If you ever think He blamed the Father for anything, you are sadly mistaken. Thus, we should not blame the Father, we should rejoice in Him. Someone taught us about our Messiah, someone spread the Good News to our ears and one day we finally listened to those words that impacted our lives and made us clean. It’s our turn to pay it forward. The lives of many lie in the balance. Life or death is the destination, it’s our job to multiply the amount of people that chose LIFE. Discipleship is for the lost.
As much as discipleship is important for the lost, it is just as important for the saved. So many people each day come into a church and take on the thought of salvation but many of them forget that it doesn’t end there. Or they weren’t informed that it’s now their job to turn to the next person that needs to be discipled. Many of them come to the altar call, they reach out a sobbing voice of regret and sadness in hopes of being forgiven and receiving salvation. Shortly after this event, they are abandoned, about to be lost, again. It is vitally important that when we raise up a new soldier, a new disciple, that we raise them up with the knowledge and the wisdom to know that their job just started. Their job of disciple making has just embarked and they need to sail far and fast out into the world to pluck as many sinners out of the world and into the light of Yeshua. That is what get’s left out. We need to do our part to fix this when we can. Like a family tradition passes down generation to generation, let’s pass down the Father’s tradition that Yeshua started disciple to disciple. Let’s go and multiply making disciples and usher in the next generation of disciple makers. It is what we are capable of and it is our responsibility. We are given so much when we join Messiah, let’s give back and make Him proud of us. Do we have any questions?