Thursday 27 Jul 2017
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John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The mark of a disciple - Have you been with Christ?

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

We must ask the question, what are the marks of a true disciple of Christ? We must ask ourselves when people put my lifestyle under scrutiny will it lead back to Christ, will it reveal patterns,

 attitudes and habbits that are consistent with one who has been discipled by the instructions and teachings of Christ. There is a popular expression commonly used to describe someone who has been trained by a master..they are referrred to as being the students or disciples of such a master. Those so described having lived and subscribed to the teachings or trainings of that master to such a degree that everything about them reveals and pays tribute to their master. Does that apply to us?

 

Once again the life of Peter was under scrutiny, he had met and exceeded the expectations of the lame man at the temple (Acts 3), he had preached the gospel and he was now being persecuted for it. But for a commoner his life did not reflect this, nor did his life reflect a man trained by any master from this world or in the ideologies and ways of this world....rather his pronouncements, boldness and declarations were consistent with that of a man who stared them down in the face with the truth on his way to the Cross. They discovered to their amazement that Peter had been with this man, had been trained by him and his life was influenced by him and he was deeply committed to upholding the ideals of that man regardless of the threat to his own life. They discovered that Peter had been with Jesus Christ, and all the evidences of the encounter stared them right in the face, it was undeniable.....
Acts 4:14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.

You may accuse the one who has been with Christ of everything, but you cannot accuse them of doing evil.....you cannot deny or ignore the good deeds which such lives bring forth. Those who have been with Christ and have Christ in them would always leave their detractors confused and clueless of what to do with them.

 

The life of Christ in a man leaves a trail of goodness that trails him while leading men to Christ. Such leave a legacy that takes a life and voice of its own proclaiming Christ such that cannot be destroyed or silenced. That is why the Apostles and many others who have been with or have subcribed fully to the life which Christ impacts have testimonies about them wherever they go. Yesterday it was the lame man that looked at Peter and John, expecting to receive something from them that would impact him, the life of Christ in them did and he praised God in return. This time it was the turn of the enemies of Christ who scrutinised the life of Peter hoping to find something they would use, not only to smear and silence him but also for something to speak evil about the name of Christ and the salvation which his name gives to mankind...they could not find anything, they could not deny the power and the glory that is in the name of Jesus. What is my life saying as a believer...does it lead men to Christ or does it rubbish the Cross?

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Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

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