The Principle Principle
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:18-20)
His answer shocked me!!! I was sharing the gospel with a young Army private named Adam today and when I asked him, “What does it mean to make Jesus your King?” He replied; “Emulate Him.” I almost fell out of my chair! Wow! Here’s a young guy who gets it. But what does that really mean; “To emulate Jesus?” Does that mean I need to grow a beard, wear sandals, be single, and walk around Judea preaching the gospel? No, but there are a lot of principles that motivated Jesus to do what He did. And if you’re looking for the absolute supreme principle that guided Jesus it was His complete surrender to His Father’s will. This was the quintessential principle that gave Jesus purpose and determined His practice. The Principle Principle.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. (Jn 5.19)
Jesus’ strategy was simple. He looked at what the Father was doing and did it in like manner. How did Jesus raise people from the dead, forgive sins, walk on water, etc…? By abiding so closely in the Father that He followed His every move. And now we are to abide in the Son as the Son abided in the Father. (Jn15.5) So we need to get a closer look at Jesus and ask the question; “Jesus, what are You doing and how can I join You in it?” I believe the best clarity we can get is by reading the gospels. This is where I get to see Jesus in action, extract the principles, ask for direction in my context, and put it into practice. Are you reading your Bible (Especially the gospels) daily? Are you asking the question?