This past Sunday we examined Mark's account of Jesus' baptism (Mark 1:9-11). Though a brief account, we considered how this event is significant for at least three reasons:
As we considered the first point, Jesus' identification with us, we took a moment to think about the fact that Jesus was sent from heaven to earth on a mission to save. As the great pioneering missionary David Livingstone said: "God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary". In Jesus' identification with the sinful generation of his day (and with us today!), we can find encouragement to practice the skill of identifying with those to whom we are sent. This was a skill that was not lost on the Apostle Paul – 1 Cor. 9:19-23 - who willingly made himself "a servant of all” whether Jew or Greek, weak or strong, in order to bring people to Jesus.
So how do we practice the skill of identification? How should we seek to identify with those to whom we are sent, whether neighbors, coworkers, relatives, classmates, etc? Here are a few simple ways to begin to identify:
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Pastor Josh and his wife Tracey planted GraceLife with a church-planting core in April of 2017.