Mayday – Where Are You? #2
Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:16-20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Mayday- is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice-procedure radio communications.
It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners, but in some country’s local organizations such as firefighters, police forces, and transportation organizations also use the term. The call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday") to prevent its being mistaken for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual mayday call from a message about a mayday call.
Where Are You?
One of the most vital pieces of surviving a Mayday Distress call is you have to know where you are. What is your location?
There is zero chance of survival if you do not know where you are.
All journeys require a starting point. The question is are you using GPS (WAZE) or and Atlas? Do you remember the big book paper Atlas? Many people are trying to become a disciple by using the paper version (Written Bible) without the voice of instruction (Rhema Version) that accompanies it.
The same thing is true on the path of becoming a disciple. If you do not know where you are on this journey there is zero chance of becoming a disciple.
Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”
As kids growing up when someone called you a name a response was “It takes one to know one!”
If we are going to “Go and make disciples” we have to know if we are one.
The Gospel you preach determines the disciple you make.
Becoming or Just Behaving
Mark 10:24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master.”
A student wants to know what the teacher knows. A disciple or talmid wants to bewho the rabbi is.
One of the defining aspects of a “rabbi” was that they had disciples, talmidim, who followed them. Often, from a western standpoint we tend to equate “disciple” as being a “student”, and the “rabbi” as a “teacher”. This falls short of the cultural richness of this relationship.
You can behave like a disciple without ever becoming a disciple.
Becoming is Identity Discovery where Behaving is Behavior Modification. One produces Sons the other produces Pharisees.
In real estate there is one thing that makes a sale successful… “Location. Location, Location.”
On the list, where are you located?
- Make a quality decision for Christ
- Relationship and Follower of Christ
- Change – Making a daily decision for Jesus
- Growing – Realize you cannot do this alone. GroupLife
- Everyday saying “Yes” to what Jesus is asking
- Become selfless
The issue with labeling the list 1-7 is that we think it is a “7 Step” format rather than a cyclical lifestyle of growth.
I equate it to your school education. You didn’t just take one year of math. You took math every year just at a higher level.
Jesus is a journey, not a recipe! Following Jesus is the road trip of a lifetime with twists, turns, detours (form our perception not Gods) and side roads on the journey of a life time.
The rotation may not always go exactly in this order.
Each part of the rotation has its own rotation.
There are times when you watch the weather and you see a High-Pressure System stop and just hover over a certain area. The meteorologist shows the system just staying in a rotation over the same area.
Becoming Selfless is a High-Pressure System.
If you are not self-aware, of where you are in the cycle, you are in a Mayday Lifestyle.
Where Are You??? On number 1-7 what decision do you have to make this morning.
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