Pastor Dr.Bambang Budijanto, Chairman of 4/14 Window Global Movement
Ministering at Bethany International Service
30-Apr-17, Sunday, at 1:30pm
Be A Lifegiver Helping Others to Grow
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” (Revelations 5:10)
We will reign with Jesus. Reigning is about authority. Jesus kingship is following King David’s kingship. David had to face bear, lion and Goliath before reaching the throne. No miracles can change us to like Jesus but we need go through a process of discipleship.
We need to follow Jesus project which is you and I. We need to go through a process by Him with Him and through Him.
500 years there was a reformation in Europe and the reformer Martin Luther once said, “What if a purpose of marriage is not happiness but holiness?” Sometimes what we are aiming for is not exactly what we expect. The framework our faith is always about relationship. Our relationship with God was cut-off when man first fell into sin. In Africa there is a saying that it takes a whole village to raise a child. Likewise, it takes the whole church to disciple believer.
Some people needs reconciliation in their relationship with others. There is no perfect spouse and no perfect children. What is important is the life and the only sign of life is growth. The devil wants to stop your spiritual growth. It is like cycling bicycle when we stop pedalling, we fall. The context of growth is always based on relationship.
Jesus gave one commandment – make disciples of all nations. We cannot mature without discipleship. The only way to grow is to help others to grow. If we look at Jesus, He told His disciples that his nourishment is to do the will of His Father through helping others. (John 4:34)
Hearing the Word of God alone is not enough. We need to put to practise what we hear.
Why the Cross?
Pontus Pilate choose to persecute Jesus despite knowing that there was insufficient evidence to persecute Jesus. However, God has a plan for Jesus at the Cross. Let us look at the purpose of the Cross at that time.
1. The purpose of the Cross is to spread fear.
Fear is the most effective weapon from growing and becoming victorious. Fear is the biggest prison of mankind. Love is like a face of a coin. The other face is fear. Don’t make decisions based on fear but on love. The bible tells us that perfect love cast out fear. (1 John 4:18)
2. The Cross speaks of Humiliation.
Although the Cross speaks about humility but God changed it to dignity. Paul said that he would not boast of anything except the Cross. (Galatians 6:14)
3. The Cross Diminishes Hope.
In those days, anyone hung on the cross was a reminder to all for the punishment of a serious crime or wrongdoing. Once on the cross, there is no more hope for the person. For us Christians, without the Cross, there is no hope.
The bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
When we first look at the book of John, which is very different from the rest of the gospel. John was the youngest of all disciples. In the book of John chapter 21, it tells us about Jesus speaking to Peter. Peter felt his was a failure of denying Jesus but yet Jesus reached out to him. The first love that Jesus asked Peter is agape (Greek word means life giving love) but Peter replied in Philia love (Greek word for family love). After the 3rd time, Peter finally replied in agape love.
There are times we suffer because of our own mistakes. There are times we suffer because of someone. We need to be willing to go through suffering. Peter already died (dead to flesh but alive in Christ) many years before he was crucified upside down. Peter has a spiritual son called Mark. Barnabas was the uncle of Peter who later joined apostle Paul in the ministry. During one mission trip Mark in Pamphylia left them. When Barnabas wanted to bring Mark to go on another mission trip, Paul rejected and that resulted in the split of the church at Antioch.
Peter was a successful Christian leader and was well-respected by the Christian community at that time. He was also the Bishop of Rome. Despite all that Peter related his failure to Mark to help Mark as Mark was the reason of the church split in Antioch (Paul and Barnabas went separate ways). 93% of the content of Mark was found in the gospel of Luke and Matthew. In the book of Mark, 7 times Peter was portrayed as rejected or failure to respond. Peter narrated to Mark to encourage him. God wants us to help others. Look at people, as many will write about their success but few will share about their failures. Be a life giver to help others. It doesn’t matter how many times we failed, because Jesus will give us His attention to make us grow. We are God’s project (workmanship) and he still working in us (Philippians 1:6).