Last time I wrote, we discussed the term Gospelling. Gospelling is the present participle of the word Gospel. It means that the Gospel is active now, presently in life, not simply something that occurred in the past. It is the process of how the Gospel ignites the relational, personal, missional, and spiritual life of the disciple actively and presently.
Today we’re going to focus on the “Why” of discipleship. This is more than a command we are to obey. We disciple because God disciples us with and through the Good News of what Jesus has done and continues to do, and begins with what we were made to be. God relates to us firstly as persons bearing his image. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in love, made us to know him and find our joy and happiness in him. This means:
1. Life has meaning. Life is going somewhere. Our work and mission have meaning.
2. We are being daily Gospelled. Jesus personally came, incarnating himself as a fully human being; he came to rescue and reconciliation; and in his work through his Spirit, he gives life, serves and conforms us into the perfect image of God we were meant to be.
3. Jesus chose you to be his disciple. He has pursued you and made you his disciple and he continues to disciple you, relationally, personally, missionally, and spiritually moment by moment.
4. There is no such thing as making it on our own. We learn and change best in community with others. We need them and they need us. I need to be Gospelled by others cause I so easily slip into doubt.
We must tap into the Gospel motivation of why we are Gospelling life together and be captivated by Him and the implications of all the good news he brings in everyday life. The thought that Christ not only took our punishment but also grants us his righteousness and inheritance, restoring rightful honor to the Father and then to us, should inspire awe in the heart of every Believer. We have been so loved, forgiven, rescued and empowered! He lives now interceding with the Father on our behalf, to love and give mercy, power and purpose. The Gospel isn’t just to get us forgiven and “saved” but for life now. We can overcome the things in life that work to crush us, enslave us, and kill us. We have been given His Holy Spirit for power to change. It is perfect Life on life.
Once we understand the better Why of Gospelling life — other than simply another command to follow — our next movement is to see and understand our core identity.
Having a solid Core Identity is a vital component to living a healthy life because everyone operates their life — from the way you manages stress, make or break relationships, choose a career — based on a core identity. It is how you have answered two fundamental questions: Who am I and why am I here?
Your CDI (Core Disciple Identity) is composed of three parts. Not one or two. Your health as a Disciple of Jesus is consistent with the degree you have understood these realities and have integrated these three aspects into your inner being. They form a healthy identity. In fact, I’m certain the health and thriveability in your Christian life is related to the degree that you have incorporated them into your sense of being. I have to label them as 1,2,3 but I do not intend to mean they are ordered in priority. They are interlinking and always being played as one song in perfect harmony in your inner being.
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Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!