Looking at Jesus, part 4 of 5. What is Jesus’ call for us as his followers?
1. Reign as Kings
Jesus has called us as his people to take up the place he has won for us in the spiritual realm. He has called us to walk as royalty, endowed with true worth and value from him. He has called us to walk in the authority he has inherited and given to us. He does not want us to walk in self-hate and loathing but as adopted royal servants in his kingdom. I came up with the term Humble Majesty to help us understand that although we are to reign as Kings we should do so in a spirit of humility. See Ephesians 2:6 ESV and 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
2. Serve as Slaves
Jesus has called us to service. He has called us to serve as slaves rather than hired hands. This can be difficult imagery to swallow especially for those of us whose recent ancestors were victims of the abhorrent transatlantic slave trade but the fact is our lives and behaviour are enslaved to either sin or God.
In the ancient word Slavery could work out really well for the poor when the master was good, the slave would be covered, provided for and protected and have a productive purpose in their life. Many times salves became a part of the household like family too.
We were bought with a price, the blood of Christ. We do not belong to ourselves but belong to God and should freely serve him and his purposes in joy. See Galatians 5:13 ESV and 1 Peter 4:10 ESV
3. Love as Brothers
Jesus has called us to love one another. Jesus said that this is how people would know were were his Disciples, by our love for one another. Love is a word that has been abused in recent times so I want to make the point that God’s love is never separated from his holiness. We are called to holy-love. See 1 John 3:14 ESV
4. Preach as Ambassadors
Jesus has called us to be representatives of him and his kingdom in the Earth and to proclaim the message of the Kingdom which is the Gospel. See 2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV and John 3:16 ESV
5. Live as Children
Jesus has called us to live with the right perspective and attitude, to live humble lives driven by childlike faith in God and his Word. See Matthew 18:4 ESV