Here is the second part of the series, Jesus the Missionary. We had a wonderful time last week teaching this series on "Jesus the Missionary" in YWAM. I trust that you will be blessed and challenged by God's Word.
JESUS THE MISSIONARY [PART 2]
Jesus as the Pattern of Missions said: “As the Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” [John 20:21].
How did the Father send Jesus?
He sent Him to lay down His life for those he came to save
He was sent to live a life of obedience to His Father
He sent Him to identify with those He came to save
He sent Him to train others to continue His ministry
He sent Him to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit
He sent His to wage spiritual warfare against the enemy
JESUS WAS SENT TO LIVE A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE TO HIS FATHER [Hebrews 5:8; John 5:19,30]
“My will is to do the will of Him who sent me” [Hebrews 5:8]
“To obey is better than sacrifice” [1 Sam.15:22]. Sacrifice, which does not issue out of obedience to God, is actually foolishness. The basis of sacrifice is obedience but is it really sacrifice? Especially when God gives back to us more than we can ever give Him!
Two kinds of obedience:
[a] Obedience to God’s written Word
[b] Obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit - “As many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God” [Romans 8:14]
THERE ARE THREE MAJOR REASONS WHY WE SHOULD OBEY GOD
1. Because obedience is the language of love
For some people, obedience is difficult to handle! It means towing the line, submitting to authority, doing what you are told. In modern society we equate obedience less with love and more with authority.John more than any other Gospel writer emphasized love, and yet more than any other spoke about obedience! The two go together. See John 14:15, 21, 23-24; 15:10.
Love is the greatest thing of all – 1 Cor. 13:13 – Love is greater than faith or hope! God is the God of faith, and of hope, but He is love!
Paul commands us to “Do everything in love.” [1 Cor. 16:14]; and to “Follow the way of love…” [1 Cor. 14:1] - Everything is based on love – our relationship to the Lord, our service for him, our obedience to Him. Obedience is not something we do simply because we must do it – if that is the case then we have moved into legalism and away from grace.
A key verse is John 14:15 – “If you love me, keep my commandments.” This is normally understood to mean, “By keeping My commandments you prove that you love Me.” In the margin there is an alternative rendering, “you will keep”. If you love me you will keep my commandments – obedience is not the basis of relationship, love is! When we love Jesus we will obey Him! The power of our love for Him causes us to obey Him. It is “the expulsive power of a new affection
John says, “His commandments are not burdensome to us.” [1 John 5:3]
2. Because Obedience is the twin of faith
Love is the basis of obedience and faith is the twin of obedience. Therefore, love is also the basis of faith [see Galatians 5:6 – “faith works through love”].
Faith and Obedience always go together
Literally, God speaks and by faith, we obey Him!
In Hebrews we read, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down…” [Heb.11:30] Note the order in which the Lord dealt with Joshua [Joshua 5:13-6:10]. Firstly he surrendered – he took off his shoes. Servants don’t wear shoes! Secondly, Joshua heard God’s voice – “See I have given into your hands Jericho. Thirdly, Obedience – the Israelites had to do what God told them, but the writer to the Hebrews calls it faith!
After Jericho Israel comes Ai [Joshua 7] The danger is that faith turns to presumption – not listening to God but doing it the way they did it at Jericho previously. It is longer faith and obedience but trusting in their own ability!
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only son [Heb. 11:17]. The story of offering Isaac is a story of obedience, but the writer to Hebrews calls it faith!
Faith increases through obedience [Luke 17:5-9]
Immediately after the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith He tells a parable about an obedient servant!
[a] It’s not great faith we need, but faith as a mustard seed [v6]
[b] Faith is always active – it speaks to the mountain [v6]
[c] When we obey in small things God gives us more! [Matthew 25:21,23]
3. Because obedience is the key to blessing
Deuteronomy 28 – The first fourteen verses of this chapter speak of the blessings of obedience. Some of the blessings of obedience mentioned are: Your children will be blessed [28:4]; Your enemies will be defeated [28:7]; You will established as God’s people [28:9]; You will prosper [28:8, 11]; You will be a source of blessing to others [28:10, 12b]. However, the largest part of that chapter speaks about the curses that come upon disobedience [28:15-68]. The price of disobedience is great – We can clearly see some of the results of disobedience shown in Deuteronomy 28 in the world today: Confusion [v20]; Diseases [v21-22, 35, 59-61];
Drought & Famine [v23-24]; Defeat [v25]; Little fruit from much sowing [v38-42]; Debt [v43]; Captivity [v49ff]; Lack of Success [v29]; Breakdown of Family Life [v53ff, see v41];
Jesus said that the disobedient will not enter heaven! [Matthew 7:21-23]
God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him! Peter speaking in front of the Sanhedrin begins by saying that we must obey God rather than men, and then says, “the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey him” [Acts 5:29-32]
Obedience is not always easy – it is a battle. Often it involves a clash with our natural, fleshly desires. We see this in the life of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as he prayed, “Not my will, but your will be done.”
Obedience is a life style. The more we make a decision to obey God the easier it becomes! As the Father sent Jesus to obey so Jesus sends us out into the world to obey Him.