Potential -vs- Kinetic Christians
Christian and energy have something in common, the two states that they exist in. Unlike energy, Christians should only be in one state.
Find out what state Christians should always be in…
Note from Kip,
The rocket is a good example of our state as Christians. There can only be two states for a rocket. It either is exerting kinetic energy or it sits at rest storing potential energy. In either case, the energy exists. The only distinguishing factor is the state of that energy.
The Christian States
Unlike the rocket, our two states as Christians are Defeated -vs- Discipled. In either case, the Christian is still a Christian. The determining factor is that their lives are either applying the potential Jesus has placed in them, or they merely are on the launch pad, sitting idle.
This idle state is the Christian in defeat. The Discipled Christian is projecting the power stored up in them by the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Christ’s Church Today
This isn’t the most pleasant thing to talk about, but it is very necessary.
The majority of Christians and Christian Churches are existing in an idle, defeated state.
This doesn’t mean that they don’t trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin and their salvation. What it means is that their obedience to Christ Jesus is severely lacking and they are not reaching the potential for which Jesus has called them.
They may have lots of activities and appear to be thriving in love and kindness but in reality, they are inwardly focused and self-absorbed caring not about fulfilling their God-given mission.
Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (CSB)
Recognize the passage? It’s the Great Commission and it isn’t an option, it is a command.
There are a few key things that Jesus gave us prior to His ascension into heaven. These things apply to both the Christian and His Church, the bride of Christ.
The first directive Jesus gave us is to keep his commands.
“If you love me, you will keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.”
John 14:15-16 (CSB)
Sounds simple enough. In reality, this involves a lifetime commitment to obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit, the “Counselor” Jesus spoke of. If we have given our life to Christ Jesus, then He lives in us. We are to be obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The next thing we want to consider is repentance.
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.
Matthew 3:8 (CSB)
Some who call themselves Christians are really fake. Sorry for using such an abrupt term but it really needs to be said. There are fake Christians, fake pastors, fake churches, and fake gospels.
It is frankly frightening just how many think that because they grew up attending a church and their parents claimed to be Christians that they automatically were also. Just because you go to a church and claim to be a Christian doesn’t make you a Christian.
To really become a Christian involves the surrender of our lives to Jesus and committing to obedience, and that that obedience includes repentance.
The not really ‘fake’ Christians are the ones that in fact gave their lives to Christ and trust in Him for their salvation, but they have yet to become obedient to Christ and the Holy Spirit He implants in us. They have failed to be obedient and therefore are failed Christians.
The next thing we want to consider is our cross.
Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Luke 9:23 (CSB)
This is the ignition switch on the rocket, transferring us from a Christian with potential energy, waiting to take flight and the Disciple who is applying that energy and is actively seeking to be obedient to Jesus.
Taking up our cross is simply bearing that responsibility we have as followers to follow. If we are truly following, we are obedient.
This obedience brings numerous other things into play for the Christian, love, charity, kindness, and forgiveness to name but a few. But the last crucial element I want to point out here is that directive reference at the beginning of this devotional, be a disciple.
The Discipled Christian
Back in Matthew 28:18-20 we read the Great Commission.
Then in Luke 9:23 Jesus says to, ‘take up your cross daily and follow me.’ This defines the Disciple in part.
Being a Disciple of Christ Jesus is to follow Him, be obedient to Him, and to do what He does, say what He says, and be as much like Him as at all possible. We in effect become his understudy learning from Him and adopting the same exact practices that He does.
The key that I want to stress here is that part of this ‘being like the Master’ is to “Go, therefore, and make disciples”. The fact is that if we are not seeking to make disciples then we truly are not His Disciple.
This ‘making of disciples’ takes on numerous forms based on our talents and gifts but each Christian who wishes to live up to their true potential must become a Disciple, and a Disciple of Jesus Christ disciples others.
It isn’t a task that is exclusive to the pastor in your church or the church leadership. It is the task of each and every Christian to be His Disciple and disciple others.
It is only then that this rocket that is being a follower of Jesus Christ is launched into their mission and accomplish that which Jesus is calling each and every believer too.
All of this comes down to one thing for each of us, are we going to be “Potential -vs- Kinetic Christians.”