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So You Want to Follow Jesus? The Cost of Discipleship.

"As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” So he got up and followed Him.
10 While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 But when He heard this, He said, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Matthew 9:9-13

Good Morning Beloved,

I am so glad to have you all here today
Thank you for joining us.

Many times throughout Scripture, it tells us that Jesus invited people to become his disciples.
In Matthew 9:9, it says, "As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, "Follow Me!" So he got up and followed Him."
Today, Jesus Christ makes this exact same offer to you to come be "a Disciple."
He’s asking you this today: Come be “a Disciple."

Heavenly Father, 

Once again, You have abundantly blessed us, through Your Word, and Holy Spirit. We are so grateful, You saw us in our sin and yet, You loved us anyway. You cared for us, even when we were unable to care for ourselves, and we were not worth caring for, still, You redeemed us. Through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, by His precious blood. Thank You, Father, for that tremendously great gift.

And yet, some continue to take it for granted. Others refuse to receive it. Lord, I just pray for those here with us today, for all of those else where around the world, who may not ever have invited Jesus Christ into their life, who’ve never seen themselves as vile sinners. May they know it this day and may they come to You and hear You say the words, "Follow Me," may they immediately arise and follow You Lord.

Father, I pray that no one under the sound of my voice today, not one of those joining us here by social media or internet connection, would leave without a sense of their sinfulness or without a calling upon Your name to receive forgiveness or for those who have already received the precious gift of forgiveness and salvation, that they would gratefully thank You for it today .
Father, we pray these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
May it be so,

Today's Message: So You want to Follow Jesus? The Cost of Discipleship.

In today's lesson, we'll be looking at Jesus’ call on Matthew’s life and what it means to be a disciple. Because, a lot of Christians today, seem to have the wrong idea. Open with me, please, your Bibles to Matthew 9:9-13, follow along with me please, as I read this to you, to get our minds set on this great passage from the gospel of Matthew, that God has so richly blessed us with to study today. But before we begin, What exactly is a "disciple?

The word "disciple," comes from the Latin word dicipulus. It means pupil, student.
In the Greek it is the word mathetes which is in the Bible. It means a student, a learner, a pupil.
So, when a mentor, a teacher, takes on somebody to train they are called their disciple. A disciple is an apprentice. It means someone who is in training. There are many disciples throughout the Bible,

Moses’ disciple was Joshua.
Elijah’s disciple was Elisha.
David’s disciple was his son Solomon.
Elisha had disciples of his own.
John the Baptist had disciples.
Paul had a disciple named Timothy
A disciple is just somebody who’s being mentored by somebody else. So that’s the first way it’s used in the Bible. The second way it’s used in the Bible is to refer to the twelve disciples, physically the twelve guys that Jesus chose which were also called apostles. The third way it’s used is in the book of Acts. The word "disciple" is basically used as a synonym for "Christian." We often call Christians, disciples. However, it wasn’t until the church had spread completely out of Israel into Antioch, that the disciples were first called Christians.

So at first in the early biblical times, nobody was called a Christian,they were all called Jesus’ disciples. So, what I want us to look at today is what Jesus meant when he uses the term disciple.
We know from Scripture, that Jesus frequently took a very common word like student, pupil, disciple, apprentice and He adds something new to it, giving it new meaning.

Practicing Discipleship | Thoughts on Being and Making Disciples ...So I'd like for us to look at Jesus’ definition of what it means to be His disciple. Because approximately ten or so times in Scripture Jesus says,or "If you do this then you’re my disciple…"
If you do this then you can follow me." So we want to look at what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

The first thing, to be a disciple, is one must learn to know the love of Jesus. And, some have asked, "how do I do that? How do I learn to know the love of Jesus?" Well, a relationship with Jesus Christ, is much like many relationships, you must spend time with Jesus, in order to know and experience His love for you. A lot of time with Jesus.

And, as with any relationship, the more time you invest into it, the more you’re going to get out of it.
The point here is, you can’t be a part-time disciple. You don’t fit Jesus into your schedule.
For example, if I’m being trained by somebody, if I’m being mentored by somebody, I fit myself to their schedule. Not the other way around, as many so-called- Christians, would have it today.

Jesus doesn't ask you to fit Him into your schedule, to make time for Him, when your schedule allows. An occasional Sunday here and there. Maybe a holiday service or two. When the ball game gets cancelled and there's nothing else on TV. You can’t be a disciple in just a few minutes a day.
You’ve got to spend time. You’ve got to be in constant communication. You talk often, about everything. So, its not like most marriages, where everybody does there own thing nowadays. OK, I'll leave that one alone, for now anyway. The point is, a relationship is a full-time responsibility. It requires work, it takes a great deal of effort. Great relationships don't just happen. You must invest yourself.

In John 12:26, "If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him."

Beloved, this verse is teaching us three very important things here about spiritual growth.
And, as your pastor, one of my main goals, part of my purpose, is to help each of you grow spiritually, not just today, not just this week, or even just this year, but every day, for the rest of your life.

So, I'd like you to write these three things down that we notice from this verse.
God’s not going to force you to grow. He leaves it completely up to you.

So I want you to think about the words "If you want to be my disciple."
Think about the word "want." If you want to be my disciple, then you must make the choice to grow.
Everybody got that part, good. 

So, the obvious question is then, "Do you want to grow in your spiritual life?"
Because spiritual growth is certainly not automatic. What I mean by that is, spiritual growth is intentional. Its a choice. A decision. It’s not something that just accidentally happens. It’s not involuntary. It’s not inevitable. You have to choose to grow spiritually.

So, Jesus is saying to each and everyone one of them, Hey I’m giving you the choice. Here's the deal.
I want you to know my love, my love for you and my love for others.

Now, I'd like to clear up a misconception here. You know that you can grow old without growing up.
Does everybody know what I’m talking about here? I mean, we all know people who got old but they’re still spiritually immature, emotionally immature they’re very self-centered.

Shoot, some of them haven’t ever matured in any area of their life. You know the ones I'm talking about. They're just as immature at 75 as they were at 15. But because they look old, people assume that they've matured along the way. That they've grown. I'm here to tell you something, I'm going to let you in on a little secret, that's malarkey!

Here's the deal, you’re as close to God as you choose to be.
So, don’t blame your boyfriend. Don’t blame your girlfriend. Don’t blame your parents. Don’t blame your husband or wife. And certainly don’t blame your pastor. Well, that is if he's doing his job! But let's assume, that he is.

Your relationship with Jesus is, listen closely to this, YOUR responsibility! Its up to you. I know that words like responsibility and accountability aren't very popular in today's society, we like to play the blame game. But you are as close to God as you choose to be. If you’re not close to him it’s because you’re choosing not to be. It's not somebody else's fault, it's all on you.

Now, here's another shocker for you, if you don't feel close to Jesus, that He has somehow moved away from you, if you feel that way, guess who moved. You did! Because I can assure that God didn’t move. You made the choice. So don't go around blaming God for it, you did it all on your own.

Spiritual growth is a choice. And spiritual growth is a commitment.  Spiritual growth is a commitment. You must commit yourself to growing in order to grow. Do you know what's that called? It is called making a profession of faith. You show that commitment by public baptism. And, for those who want to know more about that, we can certainly talk about this more later. I'd be happy too!

This is going to be the day, that you've really got to get it in gear.
This is going to be the day, that you need to decide to take action.
Look, 2020 is a little over half way gone now, its July, OK, so 2021, will soon be here, in just a few short months. This is going to be the year you need to decide to stop being a spiritual baby, and start being a spiritual grown up.

It kind of reminds me of a story, of a group of tourists visiting a beautiful quaint little village.
As they were walking, they walked by an old man, who was sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked him,  "Were any great men born in this village?" To which the old man replied, "Nope, only babies."

Every person who is a born-again believer starts out their Christian life as a spiritual baby in Christ.
It doesn't really matter whether you're six or sixty, if you're a new convert who is six or sixty, that person is still a new Christian and they need to grow in the Lord.
If they're baby Christians, who have been saved for forty years, that's a tragedy. Because God intends for us to grow and mature spiritually, He doesn't intend for us to remain a spiritual baby for the rest of our lives, He wants us to.

So, that we can be a positive influence in the lives of others. Notice that Jesus says, "You must come and follow me" I'd like you to just think about that for a moment.
Jesus is saying, first he said you’ve got to want it. And then you’ve got to come and follow.
in order for us to grow in the love of Jesus, we have to make a move to follow Him. If you want to grow you can’t just sit there. You’ve got to move!
You’ve got to get it in gear. You have got to take action in order to grow.

Beloved, this is true in every area of life. We grow by making commitments.
Let's just tell you this, having kids causes you to grow up a lot.
Have you noticed that? Having kids causes you to grow up. You don't get the opportunity to remain immature, self centered and have kids. You are on the back burner!

Anytime you make any kind of commitment it causes you to take a step of growth. And spiritual growth is no different. Anytime you make a commitment you grow.

In fact if you don’t make commitments in life, you will remain in a state of permanent immaturity.
Commitment equals maturity. Your commitments define your life.
You are the sum total of the things you are committed to.

Here’s the problem with most people today. Most don't want to make a commitment to anything.
Now, the other half of that is, you can’t just be committed to everything either. You have to make some choices. So you shouldn’t be committed to everything, because not everything is worth being committed to.

Part of my job as your pastor is to help you sort through all the commitments you’ve got, and make a choice what it is that most important. There are some of you here today who are not as committed to God as you could be, you're not as committed to God as you should be. So why is that? Most likely it's because you are over committed to things you shouldn’t be. We make commitments all the time.
We make some good ones and let's face it, if you're human, and I am assuming most of you are, you also make some really bad ones. God knows, I certainly have made a lot of bad choices in my life.

But you have to decide, what commitments in your life do you need to keep?
And what commitments in your life do you need to give up? Notice, I didn't say you want to give up.
Let's be honest, a lot of times, if the things we really need to let go of are the most fun.

Over the three and a half years that Jesus worked with His disciples, His students, His pupils, He moved them from no commitment to a super commitment!
And He kept turning up the temperature a little bit at a time. Until by they were on fire for Jesus.
Remember Peter at Pentecost? Man, that guy was on fire. And Scripture says, over 3,000 people came to Jesus Christ that day!

For instance the very first words of Jesus, public words of Jesus, when he starts his ministry,
John 1:39, "Come and you'll see." That’s the first invitation.

The disciples said, where are you going, Lord? He said "Come and see."
What is he doing here? That’s about as low a commitment as you can give. Just come and check it out.

That’s what you say to your neighbor or friend when you invite them to church, am I right?
Just come and check it out. Just come on Sunday and check it out.
You don’t have to say anything, sign anything, sacrifice anything, you don't have to stand up, dance in front of people waving a palm branch or anything like that – just come and check us out.

And that’s where Jesus starts with people. Come check it out. Then He begins to move them on.
Then, the next commitment He says, "Come and follow."
The first commitment He says "Come and see," then he says "Come and follow me," in Matthew 9.
Then, many of the invitations that He gives in the early stages of the relationships are invitations that were promises to meet needs.

In Matthew 11 he says "If you’re tired, come to me and I’ll give you rest."
In John 5, He says “Come to me and have life.”
In John 7, He says, "If you’re thirsty come to me and drink."
In John 8, He says "If you follow me you won’t stumble in darkness."
In John 10, He says "Those who come to me will be saved."

So Jesus is inviting them to come see, right where they are.
Just As you are. And He’s going to meet needs in your life.

In John 21:12, it is right after the resurrection. Jesus says "Come and have breakfast."
What a combination, am I right? Jesus and food. It doesn't get any better than that! I mean to tell you, spiritual food and Physical food is always a great combination. That's the breakfast of champions.

107: The Cost of Discipleship - Mormon Discussions Podcasts - Full ...But as time passed, Jesus began to require more and more of his disciples.
In Mark 8, He says, "Come and deny yourself."
Then, in Matthew 8:22, He says "Come follow me and let the dead bury the dead."
And then in Luke 9, He says "Come and take up your cross."

Jesus, is turning up the heat. He’s requiring more and more commitment. Engage in scripture daily.
Cultivate Fruits of the Spirit. Start to develop an understanding of theology. Submit to spiritual accountability. Grow spiritually in small groups.

Just come see Sunday morning. Come study the bible.
Come volunteer to serve in some other ministry of the church
Come and go visit the widow.
Come and go visit the sick and prisons, the broken, the lost.
That's when we show the love of Jesus Christ to others!

The Bible says we must spend time with Jesus because it’s a choice, it’s a commitment.
Spiritual growth is a relationship! Spiritual growth is a relationship.
It’s not about rules.
It’s not about rituals.
It’s not about a magical formula.
It’s about one thing, spending time with Jesus Christ.

Now, I want you to think about these words, from John 12:26. "If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him."

Think about for moment: "Be where I am." Spiritual growth is about being with Jesus.
This is His plan for us all along. He lays out His plan in Mark 3:14, which says And He appointed twelve, whom He also called His apostles, so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach the Good News.

So what does it mean for all of us? What does it mean to be a disciple today?
Now, obviously there are some differences. For one thing, Jesus isn’t physically here with us today.
So how can you "be with Jesus today?"

"Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

It means that you talk to Him all the time.
You have an on going, running conversation with Jesus Christ.
In fact, I can talk to you and talk to Him at the same time.

Now, I'm going to be honest with you. Many times someone will be talking to me and then they ask me a question and I’m saying "Lord, tell me what I'm supposed to say here, because I really don’t have the slightest idea how to handle this situation."
And you know something, God answers! God answers!

Now obviously, that's not in an audible way. There's not some big deep voice from above saying, "Hey, tell 'em this!" But He puts ideas in my mind and in my heart to communicate what He is saying.
Or I'll open up the good book, now that's the Bible, guys I'm not talking about a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, or ladies, the latest copy of Vogue, or Lady's Home Journal. Ok, I'm talking about the really good book, the Holy Bible. The book that'll change your whole life!

And, after you’ve been walking with the Lord for a while it gets easier and easier to know
"That’s the Lord putting that thought in my mind. That’s the Lord speaking to my heart."
Walking in Faith - Crossroad Fellowship
It gets clearer and clearer as time goes on, because, the more time you spend with Him, the deeper your understanding. The closer your relationship gets.  Let me tell you this, it doesn't get any better than being in a close, personal relationship with Jesus!

That’s what spiritual growth is. The more you grow spiritually, the more you’re able to hear the voice of God speaking back to you.
So, when the devil puts an idea in your mind we call it temptation.
The devil wouldn’t be attacking you so hard if there wasn’t something valuable inside of you.
OK Let me just say, thieves don’t break into an empty house.

Now, feel free to turn to the person sitting next to you and say, "Thieves don’t break into an empty house." You have something very valuable inside you. You have something very valuable inside you.
When God puts a spiritual thought in your mind that's called inspiration.

The truth is you’ve got to be with Him, spending time with Him. And the more time you spend with God, the more you talk with the Lord, the more you’re going to grow. If you only have a little quiet time every day you’re going to grow a little bit. If you're only going to talk to the Lord on the weekends in church, the fact of the matter is, you’re not going to grow much at all.

But if you will just talk to the Lord all the time, to be in a constant conversation with Him, man,
you’re going to really start growing because you're building a relationship.
You become humble in serving others. You treat others with mercy, compassion and justice.
You are able to tell the story of Jesus and feel confident sharing the Gospel message.
You want to tell others about what Jesus has done for you! And that Jesus can and will do the same for them.

Because I don't care what your mom told you, you're not special. If Jesus did it for you, He'll do it for everyone. Heck, He even did it for me, and I'm here to tell you, without Jesus, I'm nobody!

So, then, you begin to give generously.
And You seek out mission and ministry opportunities to be part of.
You want to give back to Him for all that He's done for you.

In Luke chapter 14 he says this “If you want to be my follower you must love me. You must love me more than your own father and mother, your wife and children, your brothers and sisters – yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.”
What’s Jesus saying here?
He’s saying that your love for God is to be so intense that everything else pales in comparison.
That doesn’t mean you don’t love the other people.

Actually the more you love God, the more you’re going to love other people.
Because all people, were created by God. Yes, even the ones that get on your nerves.
But God's saying you have to exclusively belong to God.
Because you wouldn’t have your family, you wouldn’t have your kids,
you wouldn’t have the people you love, your church family, your friends, without God,
so He says you’re to love God more than anything else.
That’s called Worship.
You develop this regular pattern of serving and sharing the love of Jesus in your life.

I want you to write this down.
Jesus said, you must love me more than anything else.
Spiritual growth is measured by love.
Just write that down.

Spiritual growth is not measured by how many chapters and verses you can quote.
It’s not measured by how much you know.
It’s not measured by your Bible knowledge.
It’s not measured by how long you have been a church member.
Your spiritual maturity is measured by Who and how much you love.

How much you love God and how much you love others.
In Mark 12:30, Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."
Do you see that? The most important command, out of all of them in the Bible, is this:
you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

Can you not feel the passion in that verse?
When you love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength, you’re loving God passionately. Guess what, there’s a word for that in the Bible.
Do you know what it’s called when you love something more than anything else?
That’s called Worship. That's called worship!

Whatever you love the most you worship.
If you love your boat the most, you worship your boat.
If you love your job the most, you worship your job.
If you love your own body the most, you worship yourself.
Worship is whatever you give your best to and what you love the most.

The word "worship" in the Bible, proskuneo,
Do you know what that word literally means?
It means "to kiss".

And it appears at least 60 times in the bible
It means to bow down, bow down before, to worship
That’s what it means – to kiss.
It means to show love and affection, to shower with love.
When you worship something you don’t care what other people think.
You’re totally involved in showing your affection and love.
Guess what else?  You don’t care how it looks to other people.

When you worship God, some of you are worried about, how do I look?
How would I look if I raise my hands too much? Maybe I might look like a fanatic.
What would others think of me if I become emotional during service?
I don’t want to get emotional. I want to keep my countenance and dignity.
Let me tell you this, many of you are worried more about what others think than what God thinks!
It's true, I'm not kidding around one little bit!
When you are a disciple who is in love with Jesus
A Passionate Spiritual Disciple does three things: Knows, Grows, Shows.
You don’t worry about what other people think,
You just worship God and nothing else matters.
You are Worshiping in the Spirit.

And let me tell what else,  you are so much in love with God, you really don’t care what other people think. You could give a big care less! You’re just doing it to express your love to Him. That's all that matters!

It is sometimes solemn like the gentle peace of the dove
It is sometimes mighty like the rushing winds and tongues of fire
But it is unmistakably passionate and unmistakably of God

So let me ask you this;
Are you passionate?
Are you spiritual?
Are you a disciple?

Guess what?
The same love we have shown to us, we must we have for other disciples also.
This is where things become a little more difficult.
O.K, so I must love every other disciple.
Uh, say what?
You're kidding me right, even that one?
Did you see what she wore to church last week?
Yep, I did and you still gotta love her!

And that guy, well, can you believe it? He wouldn't hold the door open for me!
Yep, I believe it. That's O.K, because God will deal with him, but your job is to love him!
And if you don't, God will deal with you too! Think about that for a moment..

And that guy, he took my usual parking spot! Who does he think he is?
I've been coming here since before he was even a thought!!
Uh huh, that just means you're old, uh old enough to know better, right?
So you ought to know, that you've got to love every last one of 'em. Even that young little rascal who took your parking spot! Why? Because Jesus commands you too.

It is easy to love God because He’s perfect.
But, let's face it, other people are not.
I’m not perfect either. And neither are you!
I know, I know, that's hard to imagine, isn't it?
All this time you thought I was perfect.

But seriously, sometimes you might find it hard to love me, I can't imagine why, just look at this face.
Or may be you'll find its difficult to get along with someone else.
Sometimes you will see my imperfections and I will see yours, so what!
We're not perfect, and that means sometimes, we'll show our faults.
Its O.K. we all have 'em.

Yet Jesus says, if you’re going to be my disciples you can’t just love me.
You have to love 'em all. That means, Jesus is saying, you have to love everybody in My family.
What is the family of God? It’s the church. It is the people of God.
You have to love every other believer, every other Christian, every other follower of Jesus.
Every other disciple. Period! No if's, and's or but's!

Look, here’s what Jesus said in John 13:34-35, "I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

"If…" Do you see that "if"? Its such a small word, with such a huge impact!
Jesus is defining discipleship – conditionally.
"If you have love for one another, then everybody will know that you are my disciple."
 I know some of you are still choking on that one, so I'm going to give you  a little something to wash it down with: Jesus said, "If you have love for one another, then everybody will know that you are my disciple." Feel better now?

That means, Jesus is saying, you don't just have love for Me but you love each other.
Just as I have loved you!

I know some people think that being a disciple is just having a bumper sticker on the car that says "Follower of Jesus." or "Honk if you love Jesus!"
It is not just wearing a little gold cross necklace.
It is more than a t-shirt that says "Disciple"
He says the proof that you are His disciple is that you love every other disciple.
That means you love every other disciple. That means you love the church of God.
You can’t love Jesus and not love someone else in the church. It doesn't work that way.

In Closing....

The Body of Christ, with all of its imperfections, all of its faults, all of its failures, and there's plenty of 'em, because it’s made up with normal, every day, ordinary, imperfect people, just like you and me.

Its true, our sins may be different, but we are all sinners, and we all need the same Savior!
His name is Jesus Christ!
Jesus died for the imperfect.
He even died for those of you who think you're perfect.

So how do we learn to grow as "a Disciple of Jesus?"
We learn to Know about the Love of Jesus.
Then we learn to Grow in the Love of Jesus.
Then, we learn to Show the Love of Jesus!!!
And we have to do this intentionally.

This is not some 12 Step Program, there's not just 12 easy ways to do this. There are literally, hundreds of thousands of ways to grow and love and serve. But, the first thing we've got to do is to do something real about it. We have to take action. We don't just get to coast into Heaven one day, we've got to do the work. Look, "if" we love Jesus, like we claim to love Jesus, we're going to do everything we can to show the world, we belong to Him. That we're His Disciple!
And the way to do that, is by loving others!

It is called making it public profession.
If you make a commitment but you don’t tell anybody about it you're probably not going to keep it.
Like if you said to your husband or wife, "Let’s get married but let’s not tell anybody. It'll be our little secret!" What kind of commitment would that be?

Far too often we try to define our religious standing by our good manners and upstanding morals. We have kept the law. We’ve achieved success. We have many wonderful qualities. But it is entirely possible for us to have that one thing, in our lives, that inwardly separates us from being what God wants us to be.

It doesn't have to be money or possessions. It could be another person. A relationship. A family member. Or a friend. For some, maybe even your dog or cat. Someone that is more important to us than our relationship with Jesus.

It looks different for everybody. For some, it might be earthly pleasures. Not necessarily sinful, lustful things. May be its our desire to provide good, wholesome recreational opportunities for our families, that can sometimes override our spiritual priorities. Stuff like vacations, ball games, piano lessons, extra curriculum activities can fill up our social our calendars and soon after, even our hearts. These things can crowd out our desire, devotion, and dedication for divine things, things above.

What’s standing between you and a closer relationship with Jesus? Is there one thing you're lacking?
Are you willing to just let go and follow Jesus?

So you want to follow Jesus. Are you willing to pay the cost of Discipleship?

Then pray with me:

Dear Lord,
I really don’t know much about being Your disciple but if You'll show me, I’m willing to learn. If you will just help me to get started, I'll do my part, whatever that is. Jesus, I don’t want to be a spiritual baby my whole life. I want to be a Passionate Spiritual Disciple, on fire for You Jesus! I want to grow up and mature. I don't just want to grow, I want to grow in relationship with You! I want to be the man of God, or woman of God You created me to be.

I want to spend more time with You, Jesus. I want to know the kind of Love only You can give, I want to learn to talk about Your Love, with my family, my friends and my co-workers, my neighbors.

I want to learn to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.  I want less of me, so I can have more of You. I want to learn to love other disciples, the way You have loved me. I want to do my part, to spread Your kingdom on earth so others can share in what I have with You. I want to be part of this church family. But Lord, I can’t do this on my own, I need help, so I'm asking You to do this with me. I'm asking You to walk me, and guide me through every step of the way.
In Jesus’ name

If you just prayed this prayer with me, watch and see how Jesus transforms your life.
I believe you're going be amazed! In fact, I know you will.

And now may the Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Now and forever, in Jesus' name
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