Up, In, & Out
One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names: Simon (whom he named Peter), Andrew (Peter’s brother), James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (who was called the zealot), Judas (son of James), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him). When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone. - Luke 6:12 - 19
If disciples are to be Learners of Jesus, we must pattern our lives after his life. Jesus had three great loves in his life and was careful to balance his time towards each of these relationships:
UP - the relationship with his Father
IN - the relationship with his spiritual family.
OUT - the relationship with the broken world. Jesus stepped into the brokenness and sought transformation individually (people would come into relationship with him and his father) and communally (Seeing that systems of injustice are broken).
Jesus lived a life in balance. He moved up in worship and relationship with his father. As disciples of Jesus we must regularly calibrate UP / IN / OUT in our lives. Warmly in Christ, Pastor Jonathan Fettig