Love Jesus More.
After Jesus was resurrected, the one question that mattered to Him most about Peter was this: “Do you love Me more…” (John 21:15). Paul’s passion for the believers in Philippi was “And this I pray that your love may abound still more and more.” (Philippians 1:9). Jesus’ stinging rebuke to the Bible-believing, Bible-preaching, Soul-winning, Heresy-fighting, Holy-living church at Ephesus was this: “You have left your first love.” Do people see in us a passionate and growing love for Jesus?
Invest in Eternity.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-20).
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33).
Our emphasis doesn’t become so much invest in our church now, but invest in God’s Kingdom for all eternity. We spend most of our time and money on the temporal rather than the eternal.
Give others Grace.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful.” He also said, “Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy instead of sacrifice.” Whenever our sins abounds, His grace much more abounds. “But He gives more grace,” and so should we.
Much of Christian hospitality focuses on our friends. Hebrews 13:2 teaches, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Jesus said, “When you give a dinner or a supper do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lets they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14).
Train and Equip.
Jesus doesn’t want us simply to teach. He said, “Teach them to observe (to do) all that I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:20). We are commanded to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22). All Scripture is given by inspiration…that the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Seek and Save.
Jesus said, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10). God condemns the shepherds who have not “brought back what was driven away nor sought what was lost.” (Ezek. 34:4). He attributes the wandering and scattering of the sheep to this: “No one was seeking or searching for them.” (Ezek. 34:6). Jesus is the perfect example as the shepherd who goes after the one sheep who is missing (Luke 15).