Fall is full of changes. Kids go back to school, leaves on the oak trees start to change, and football season begins. It’s a great time to evaluate where we’re at and ask ourselves important faith questions. Why do I do what I do as a Christian? Am I a participant in the move of God today, or more of a spectator?
Jesus addresses this in Matthew 16 and asks His disciples two key questions. Who do people say that I am? Who do you say that I am? Miraculously, Peter answers correctly. The emotionally unstable fisherman says, “you are the Christ, the son of the living God.” This astounds and encourages Jesus, who is then able to start the next stage of His ministry. His ministry continues today, but what does the move of God look like?
The Move of God Today
- Built and defined by Jesus. Jesus is building an active, dynamic group that extends the Good News of Jesus across the world. Because He is building and defining His church, it’s our job to jump in and find our place. When we do this, we find focus and a sense of purpose, calling, and destiny.
- Founded on the revelation of Christ. Jesus stated that the church is not a program, building or club. And it’s not man-made or defined by man’s terms. It’s alive, systemic, pervasive, powerful, progressive, and invasive.
- Connection to heaven. We can agree with things on earth and it has a divine connection with heaven.
The Role of the Disciple
Even with all its bumps and bruises, the church is God’s plan A. Take some time to evaluate your life, experiences, and the role you play within the church. Jesus continues His ministry today and asks us the same question He asked the disciples many years ago: who do you say I am? How would you answer? Use the ideas below to evaluate your role as a follower of Jesus in the world today and how you contribute to the move of God today.
- Understand what Jesus is doing in the world. Do you have revelation about how Jesus is building His church? Are you excited about it? The church isn’t an organization or an institution, it’s a living organism alive with vision and purpose. You are the church!
- Understand your role. The Lord set the Holy Spirit inside of you and calls individuals together to build a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5). You are part of something much bigger than yourself, so let God place and arrange you in the body (1 Corinthians 12:18) that we would be built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).