Do you believe that YOU can change the world? Believe it or not, you have the power to CHANGE the world if you have faith in Jesus. In fact, Jesus is calling you to change the WORLD. He is calling you to stop living an ordinary life and instead, live a life that is focused, passionate, on a mission, and world changing! He wants you to leave EVERYTHING to follow Him. How do you go about doing this?
We are exploring the book of Mark at Element in our series called Radical like Jesus. This past week we studied Mark 1:14-20 about Jesus’ first call to be radical. He literally called the disciples to LEAVE everything. He called them to no longer be professional fishermen but to be fisher’s of men. He wanted them to be the founders of the church. He called them to change the world. How awesome is that? Jesus called a few ordinary men to change the course of history. The incredible thing is, He is CALLING us to do the same thing.
The first step to being radical for Jesus is to REPENT and BELIEVE in Jesus. To be a world changer we have to be people that believe Jesus lived a perfect life, died the death we deserved, and rose again. 2 Corinthians 15:3 says, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”. We must first repent of our sins and believe in the Gospel. When we do that we receive the power of Christ.
The second step to being radical is to simply follow Jesus. Jesus said in Mark 1:17, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men”.In Greek, the word follow literally means to abide in or cling to. So, Jesus was saying if you just CLING to me, ABIDE in me, and FOLLOW me, I WILL make you a world changer!
How awesome is that? All we are asked to do is abide in Jesus. When we abide in Him he is going to lead us to do some life changing stuff. Remember, Jesus challenged the religious and political leadership at the time, and he went to the cross for it. Also, all of His disciples were murdered for following Jesus. But they followed Him boldly, passionately, and without fear. They were able to do this because they CLUNG to their SAVIOR!
The radical challenge this week is to cling to Jesus. Just start simply. Take 15 minutes out of your day and find a quiet place to be with Jesus. Being with Jesus can consist of just listening to Him, reading scripture, singing worship songs to Him, praying to Him, or being silent before Him. You choose how but spend time each day this week abiding with JESUS!