What Was Jesus’ Mission?
Luke 19:1-10 – Zacchaeus was a wee little man
1. Jesus came to SEEK and to SAVE the LOST.
- He went where they were.
- He ate and drank (GASP!) with them.
- He treated them like friends, not enemies.
- He knew WHO He was, so He wasn’t afraid of them changing Him. If we KNOW who we are and WHOSE we are, we won’t have to worry about that either.
- He didn’t worry about the gossip and disapproval of the religious leaders or other people. He also didn’t self-righteously boast about how He was making a difference while they weren’t. He just DID IT.
- His concern was the LOST, period.
2. True disciples JOIN Jesus in His mission.
- Our concern must be for the lost.
- I should not be concerned about offending other believers IF I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
- If other Christians or church-goers are offended by me reaching out to the lost, the problem is not with what I am doing, but with them, and what they are not.
3. Making disciples means caring for Jesus’ flock.
- In John 21:15-19, Jesus emphasized (three times!) that Peter would be responsible for leading and ministering to others.
- Jesus’ final command to His followers in Matthew 28:18-20 (the Great Commission) was to go and teach others about Him, and how to follow Him.
STEPS TO BECOMING A DISCIPLE:
1. Head Level – A disciple is one who is following Jesus
2. Heart Level – A disciple is one who is being changed by Christ
3. Hands Level – A disciple is committed to the mission of Christ.
When we know Christ – I mean really start to KNOW Him through reading and studying His word, praying, and serving – we start to look at people differently. You don’t have to move to Africa or teach a class or give up television (unless He has specifically called you to those things, of course). We want to serve Him wherever He has placed us. As you live your life, socialize with people who aren’t like you. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, rescue mission, nursing home, or pregnancy center. Invite non-Christian friends (yes, a Christian can and should be friends with non-Christians) and acquaintances to concerts and church events. Donate time or money to Christian organizations and pray for those on the front lines (pastors, missionaries, famous Christians, etc.) Sponsor a child through Compassion International. Support Christian leaders through prayer and encouragement. Nothing you do for Him is insignificant.
Everything you do for Him has SIGNIFICANCE.