Imitate Jesus


Yesterday, we shared some “To Don’ts.” Today, we’ll start sharing some “To Do’s.”

We’ll begin here:

Imitate Jesus. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Was evangelism a priority for Jesus? Let’s look at his first and last recorded words to his disciples:

  • First: I will send you out to fish for people (Matthew 4:19).
  • Last: Go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

Pretty clear, isn’t it? Here’s more:

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38)

Some theologians describe Jesus’ basic approach as PRAYER, CARE and SHARE:

  • He prayed constantly for his Father’s help. We should do the same.
  • He had compassion on others. We should do the same.
  • He never hesitated to share God’s truth. We should do the same.

Want more? Stop reading my blah blah blah, pick up your Bible, turn to Matthew and read the following passages to see how Jesus approached different groups:

  • Sinners (9:10-13)
  • Seekers (11:2-19, 19:16-24)
  • Skeptics (12:9-12, 22:34-40)
  • Sidekicks (18:1-6, 21-35)

Don’t take my word for it, but here are just a few things I observed. Jesus:

  • wasn’t afraid to hang out with outcasts
  • asked questions to make people think
  • answered questions with God’s truth
  • told stories to engage his listeners
  • often did more “show” than “tell”
  • shared real-life experiences
  • spoke to and from the heart
  • focused on the big picture
  • spoke the truth in love

We should do the same.


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