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If you Only Knew The Story of a Servant Who Was King Introduction There is a lot of talk among fellow

members of the body of Christ regarding spiritual growth and discipleship. I have personally been exposed to many different ways people have tried to help me and others grow "in Christ". This article is my attempt to share what I have found to limit my growth vs. what has given significant freedom and supernatural results. While there are no painless ways to mature in Christ, there are very many painful pitfalls that can be avoided by simply keeping our focus on what Christ told would set us free and bear fruit. There are many things to focus on in this life, but few that will change us for the better. The greatest hope of my life is that Christ would be my one consuming passion. That He would be more than just a religious figure, concept, or idea within the endless traditions and religions of men, but that my experience of Him would be exactly as He said it could be "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"" - John 7:38 ESV

Chapter 1: If You Only Knew I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history. H. G. Wells
I am convinced that what the world needs more of is not religion, in the common understanding of the word. I am convinced that the world needs a better understanding of who Christ really is and what He came to show us. I have spent many years as a Christ follower hearing the name of Jesus proclaimed from pulpits, and explained in books, tracts and seminars. Unfortunately, much of what I have been exposed to in religious circles has a very different tone and feel from what I get from reading His words and watching His life. It seems like Jesus Himself had some of His harshest words reserved for those who played religious games and failed to understand how to walk in the good news (or gospel) of the Kingdom.
So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. (Matt 15:6-9, ESV2011)

We as humans are prone to creating systems designed to conform our behavior in the name of God. This was Jesus central message to the religious establishment of Israel. They had perverted the essence of Gods message to the world by the many teachings and rituals they handed down which were limiting the power of Gods word. Jesus actually said that their tradition made void or of no effect Gods message to His people.
thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do. (Mark 7:13, ESV2011)

The Pharisees, who were one of the most widely respected leaders of the Jewish people, would criticize Jesus for not teaching His disciples to conform to the religious establishment of His day. The Pharisees had a big problem with the fact that the disciples ate with hands that were unwashed. Why? Because God had taught them to do this? No, because this was the status quo or accepted practice of the day.
Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands? And he said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men. And he said to them, You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! (Mark 7:1-9, ESV2011)

Notice that Jesus issue was not with the practices themselves as much as how those practices were being taught as if they were from God, when all along they actually were getting in the way of peoples ability to follow God with their hearts. It was external lip service without Worshiping God in spirit and in truth, as Jesus taught. They had made physical locality and religious thought the rule of the day. Even the woman at the well, knew the debates rolling around in the religious circles when she said...
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship. Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:20-23, ESV2011)

While God had a purpose in using the Jewish family line to give birth to His Son He never intended the locality of the temple and the Jewish religious practice to be the ultimate fulfillment and destiny for worship. His plan while strongly involving Israel would ultimately be fulfilled when God would place Himself as the risen Christ" inside His people, making them into what He would call, His temple. The concept of physical locality (place) was no longer going to be a factor for worship because The Father is seeking true worshipers who will worship Him

in spirit and in truth. That is to say that the location of buildings and religious rituals based on human tradition and ideas were not to become a limiting factor in Gods plan for multiplying worshipers throughout the Earth. I believe the story of the woman at the well tells us much about what it means to experience Jesus as a living reality inside of us as opposed to the traditions of men. Religious people like to base their identity on the group they are part of. They see strong fixed lines of who they are to associate with and who they are to love based on these groupings. The Woman at the Well was a Samaritan and the scripture in John 4 explains this group mentality" very well.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give me a drink.(For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)The Samaritan woman said to him, How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria? ( For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) (John 4:7-9, ESV2011)

Interesting the way that Judaism had become a sort of members only club, which did not have any dealings with outsiders like the half breed Samaritans. But Jesus was doing something very counter cultural to what the Jewish people of the day believed was appropriate for good religious Jews to do. Jesus could care less about their traditions and religious rules, invented by men. The Father had an appointment with that woman, which is why He led His Son to Jacobs well instead of somewhere to eat with His disciples for He was hungry. Jesus had food to eat that was not physical food, but a spiritual appointment wherein He would be about His Fathers business. Could you imagine talking to a total stranger who is breaking all social standards by interfacing with you, and then He says
If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. (John 4:10, ESV2011)

Jesus mission was to restore what humans had lost in the fall back in Genesis 3. They chose to believe Satans lie which promised them they could be like God and have the capacity to understand good and evil. Religious people often think that if they just understand right from wrong, and have a rule in place for this, that this will keep them from

going evil. Unfortunately, rules simply show us the boundaries of good verse evil. They dont offer any power or life to assist in making the right choice. Rules or laws do have a very important purpose. They show us our weakness and lack of capacity, literally our absence of Gods life, and our unwillingness to abide in Him. God warned Adam and Eve that the day they ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they would die. They did not die physically when they ate of that fruit, but they did die spiritually. This also lit a fuse enabling the decay of their physical bodies which would one day lead to the death of their bodies as well. The life that Jesus was talking about with this woman, was the life of God Himself which was lost when mankind no longer walked with God in the cool of the day. Jesus in acting as the second Adam was sent by God to set right what had been lost in the fall that day. He was sent to redeem it. This would imply that He relate to all sorts of people which the Jews considered sinners or unclean. They looked down their nose at others as if they had their own acts together. But Jesus so clearly showed them that they were simply whitewashed tombs which outwardly looked presentable, but inwardly were full of dead mens bones and all corruption. You see God does not just look at the externals of what humans see, but He looks directly at the heart and motive behind the actions. What Jesus said to this woman is crucial for us if we want grow in Christ. We must first know the gift of God and who it is that speaks to us. Then He will give us living water. This is Himself, living inside of us. There are three key elements in that first phrase of Jesus. He said to her #1 If you knew #2 The gift of God #3 And Who it is Lets look at number one, if you knew. So much heartache and pain would be saved if we only knew. But what does that word mean in the original language this text was written in? The word knew is actually

Original: - Transliteration: Eido - Phonetic: i'-do - Definition: 1. to see a. to perceive with the eyes b. to perceive by any of the senses c. to perceive, notice, discern, discover d. to see 1. i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything 2. to pay attention, observe 3. to see about something

This is critical to our understanding. We must know or see with spiritual eyes, something that is completely unseen in the natural world. We must turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to something and someone who is always there. I am finding this idea taught all over the scriptures. It is revolutionizing my understanding of how I am to walk and grow in Christ. I must first see. This is the spiritual equivalent to faith. Faith is a seeing of what is unseen.
Now faith is the assurance (substance, existence) of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Heb 11:1, ESV2011)

You could say that faith is seeing what is unseen. Believing does not make it real, it simply enables you to see what is real even though it is actually something unseen by our physical eyes. The eyes of our soul are able to comprehend it because God grants us faith. Scripture talks about understanding with theheart more often than with the head. The heart is not our emotions, but the very center of our being. Jesus answered her, If you knew (Litterally Saw) the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. (John 4:10, ESV2011) Number two comes after number one. What is the object of our sight? It is the gift of God. The something we see is a free gift. God has chosen to allow a free gift to be the primary way in which He works in our life. The point of following Christ is not what we bring to the equation. But rather what He brings. The bottom line is that apart from Himself we

dont impress God. He loves us deeply but not because of anything we provide Him. Love chooses to love the unlovable. When God says He loves us, it is because He has chosen to do so. He has chosen to love us, in spite of us. He reaches for us in our lost and broken condition, even when we dont bring anything to the table. This is agape style love. There are several words for love in the original language of scripture. Agape is the kind of love that commits itself to another for their benefit. We dont know how to love as humans, unless someone gives us something in return. We love with eros love which is where we get our English word erotic from. It is centered in wanting something from the other person which benefits us. God loves without taking. We love with a hook. We always have a hidden angle, motive or agenda. God is a giver and we by default when we are apart from Him we are takers. When Jesus is saying to the woman at the well if you knew the gift of God, He was saying if you could only fathom the indescribable love of God and His willingness to love you in your lost and broken state, it would change you forever. Unfortunately, this is impossible to even grasp apart from God helping us in the first place.
And he said, This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father. (John 6:65, ESV2011)

Number three comes when He says if you knew the gift of God, and He who is asking you for a drink. We must not only see the gift with eyes that only He can grant, but we also must know who this man really is. This is the part that could be a book in and of itself. The identity of this Son of man named Jesus is the most important mystery in all of the universe. There is nothing more important to understand than this. We see this question asked all throughout the scriptures.
And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him? (Luke 8:25, ESV2011) Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be? (John 8:53, ESV2011) He said to them, You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die

in your sins. So they said to him, Who are you? Jesus said to them, Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. (John 8:23-25, ESV2011) When someone says "unless you believe that I am He." There is someone being referred to that is very specific. Not only is this "he" a specific reference, it is a reference to someone that the Jews would intrinsically know. You don't say "he" without clarification unless it is obvious to all who hear you. The next verse makes abundantly clear who te "he" is. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:24-27, ESV2011)

Jesus makes it very clear that my sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. You see, understanding is an issue of the heart. God reveals spiritual truth to the humble. He reveals Himself to those that know they need a savior. He shows His Kingdom to the poor in spirit, and those that hunger and thirst for what they dont already have. He gives grace to the humble but, He resists the proud. In order to understand the identity of this Son of man, God has to open our eyes to spiritually comprehend it. Jesus tells us exactly the type of person God likes to reveal spiritual truth to, and He tells us why certain people will never come to understand.
If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (John 7:17, ESV2011)

This word know literally means to get a knowledge or understanding of. It means to perceive or become acquainted with something or someone. Jesus says clearly that if anyones will is to do Gods will then he will know. The problem for us is that God looks upon the heart and knows our motives. We as humans dont know the heart of those around us and whether they really want to do Gods will. So we are often in the dark trying to understand why a person cannot understand who Christ really is. Jesus said the same thing another way
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Luke 10:21-22,

Jesus was teaching that God literally hides Himself from certain individuals. This is His gracious will in operation when He does so, regardless of how we feel about it. God likes to show Himself to humble little children. He likes to expose who He is to the humble, weak, and lowly. Why? Because the reality is that we are all humble, weak, and lowly from Gods perspective in heaven, but most of us are unwilling to admin our true condition. We dont want to admit that we are desperate and in a deep condition of need. We like to think we have it all together and we want other people to perceive us that way. So God says in essence Ok, then I will not reveal myself to you, if you are going to play games with me. I can deal with the worst of sinners who are willing to admit they are sinners but I am not willing to reveal myself to those who pretend to be something they are not. If you read the whole of Matthew Chapter 23 you will see Jesus dealing harshly with those he called hypocrites. This word literally means to be an actor, imposter, pretender, or like those who wear a mask on a stage. The following words of Jesus show in practice how God in human flesh would give grace to the humble but resist the proud. When most people in our culture have a hard time going to Church, it is probably because many churches in our day are functioning just like the religious leaders of Jesus day.
The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. (Matt 23:2-7,

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.---Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. (Matt 23:13-15, ESV2011) Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matt 23:25-28, ESV2011)

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. (Matt 23:3739, ESV2011)

This was a very significant statement Jesus was making at the end of this passage. He was saying that in effect, the very chosen people that God promised would be a blessing to all the nations of the world, would forfeit their own participation in the blessing they would bring to others through Christ. Christ was born of Jewish decent, which means that He came from the family line of Abraham, which is what qualifies someone to be physically Jewish. God promised them that a descendant would be born one day who would be the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world, but because of their blindness and hardness of heart they would not experience this grace for themselves. They were not willing and so their house is left desolate (barren/empty). This is the tragic love story of a nation that would not love her husband. Of a people that would not honor their God. The Gospel of John says it well
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:10-13, ESV2011)

Jesus describes the root issue for those that cannot understand who Jesus really is. Those that cannot comprehend that He was the promised Messiah had the same root heart issues.
And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. (John 5:37-38, ESV2011)

Jesus said that they did not have His word abiding in them and that evidence of this was that they did not believe. Belief or spiritual seeing as we said before, are deeply connected to our willingness to allow the word to abide in us. Christ and His word are synonymous. When we dont allow His word in us, we are not allowing Him in us. The actual word for "word" in the original language is "logos," which means "a word or means of communicating something intelligent." Christ was

called "the word" or logos. Scripture says "and the word became flesh and dwelt among us."
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (John 5:3940, ESV2011)

They studied the scriptures and knew a lot of head knowledge about the written "word"" but they refused to come to Christ that they would have life.
But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words? (John
5:42-47, ESV2011)

In the end, Christ was clearly saying that Moses wrote about Him in the scriptures, these were the Hebrew scriptures now referred to as the Old Testament. But the children of Abraham did not have a love for God within them. They rejected Him as their Messiah because they had other agendas that conflicted with Gods will. They wanted power, prestige and victory over Rome more than they wanted the true Messiah. Jesus even asked His closest disciples about Who do people say that the Son of Man is? When Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of Man He is using a familiar term throughout the Hebrew scripture that refers to the fact that God would indeed be a child of human birth. He was both Son of Man and Son of God.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matt 16:13-17, ESV2011)

There is nothing more important in all of the universe than coming to know Christ who is our life. God, the Father will reveal Himself

through the person of Christ to those He chooses to. We have already looked at the type of person He tends to choose, which is the humble in heart and those that want to do Gods will, in spite of their total lack of capacity to do so apart from His help. Notice that as Jesus continued to talk to the Samaritan woman that He goes on to say that
Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:13-14, ESV2011)

This is a literal description of the type of experience one will have when they know the gift of God and who it is that speaks to them. It is unlike anything anyone in this world can offer. The woman perhaps toying with Jesus responded by saying
4:15, ESV2011)

Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water. (John

Jesus goes right to the heart of the matter, which He will always do if we are willing to listen.
Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered him, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You are right in saying, I have no husband; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.
(John 4:16-18, ESV2011)

We cant play games with God. We cant hide our sins from Him. He knows everything including our motives for doing what we do. The woman makes a brilliant statement after this.
The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. (John 4:19, ESV2011)

You think? She did not know what to do because Jesus just "read her heart". He basically put His finger on her weakness, showing her His power and her desperate need. Until we find our need we will never look to someone who can rescue us. Jesus name literally means one who will rescue or save us from our sin. After the religious dialog about mountains to worship on and how God wants people who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, the woman gets at the heart of this issue in this story. Who is this man she is talking to by this well?

The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things. (John 4:25, ESV2011)

It is so important for us to understand being so far removed from this event in human history. The idea that a Messiah or Christ would come was the great hope of the Jewish people. God had foretold in hundreds of ways throughout scripture that someone was to come who would fulfill all the promises God had made to Abraham. The word Christ means the anointed one. The one on whom Gods Spirit would rest. This was Immanuel which is translated God with us. Christ was not just a Son of man but He was also the Son of God. Another way to say this is that He was God, The Son. God has always existed in community with Himself. He is one God, who exists in a community of persons which we call the trinity. This is a triune oneness of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are each in essence the one God of scripture. We see this in Genesis when God said
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen 1:26, ESV2011)

God has always existed and when He sent His son, He was not remotely watching from afar. He was actively participating in everything that Jesus was doing and saying as a human being. We see this picture of triune oneness in the following passage.
But Jesus answered him, Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. (Matt 3:15-17, ESV2011)

God, the Father wanted us to know that His Son, who took on flesh and blood, was a perfect representative of what He is like. God the Father is a spirit and we cannot see a spirit with human eyes. Later in the story as Christ revealed what was inside of His human body during the mount of transfiguration, the Father spoke again
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. (Matt 17:2, ESV2011)

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him. (Matt 17:5,

In Jesus, who is the Christ, God was approaching us in a manner we could see with our eyes, hear with our ears, look upon and handle. 1 John explains this perfectly
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of lifethe life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to usthat which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1John 1:1-3, ESV2011)

Hebrews describes it like this

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Heb 1:1-3, ESV2011)

In human form Jesus, as a man in whom God dwells, sat down as a picture of victory at the right hand of the Father. Colossians says it like this
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesall things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Col 1:15-20, ESV2011)

The image of the invisible God. Who as a man that was born from the human race was the "firstborn," in space and time but simultaneously as God lives forever where time does not exist. When you have seen Christ you have seen the invisible God that otherwise could not bee seen. By taking on flesh and blood divinity became not only visible but approachable.
Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and

the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. (John 14:8-11, ESV2011) I and the Father are one. (John 10:30, ESV2011) That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21, ESV2011)

Why is this so important for us to understand? Because God wants to have a relationship with us based on truth. He said that He was seeking worshipers who would worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. How can we build a relationship with a being we dont have any understanding of? While we dont understand anywhere near all of who God is, there are certain aspects of Him that He has revealed and does want us to clearly understand. The scriptures even speak of God Himself teaching us. Christ in us practically means that God is in us. By His Spirit He teaches us things that come from another realm.
It is written in the Prophets, And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me (John 6:45, ESV2011)

Jesus explained this to His disciples prior to His death and resurrection.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. (John 14:15 ESV2011) The word keep my commandments is not simply rooted in the idea of simply obeying a command legalistically. It has instead the idea of keeping your eye upon something. To watch or guard it as you would a treasure. You don't want to let it out of your sight. The root of this word means to be a spectator of to see/to watch and/or discern. G5083 tereo (tay-reh'-o) v. 1. to guard (from loss or injury) 2. (properly) by keeping the eye upon, i.e. to note (a prophecy) 3. (... figuratively) to fulfil a command 4. (by implication) to detain in custody 5. (... figuratively) to maintain 6. (by extension) to withhold for personal ends
[from teros "a watch" (perhaps akin to G2334)]

G2334 theoreo (theh-o-reh'-o) v. 1. to be a spectator of, i.e. discern

You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?Jesus answered him, If anyone loves me, he will keep (keep his eyes fixed on) my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:1523, ESV2011)

As Christ's word becomes more important and valueable to us, we will want to keep our eyes fixed on it more than anything else. Jesus goes on to say that He will place His spirit in us. He uses interchangeable language when referring to Himself, the Spirit, and the Father saying He (The Spirit) will be in you then I (Christ) will not leave you as orphans but I will come to you and I will love Him and manifest myself to Him. But then right after that He says my Father will love Him, and we (plural) with come to him and make our (plural) home with him. This is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit living in us through the indwelling Christ, who in essence is really is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in perfect unity functioning in us as redeemed humans. Wow! Picking back up with our story at the well we find that after the Samiritan women talks about the Messiah, Jesus drops a bombshell on her that rocked her whole world and many of those inside her village.
The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things. Jesus said to her, I who speak to you am he. (John 4:25-26,

The fact that God chose to walk around and do things like this while in human form is simply remarkable. He looks at her and says "I who speak to you am he." Could you imagine meeting the Messiah in person as you went about the normal course of your day?
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, What do you seek? or, Why are you talking with her?

The woman is in such shock that she leaves behind her water jar and runs into the town
So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ? They went out of the town and were coming to him. (John 4:27-30, ESV2011)

Jesus uses this as a teachable moment to help His disciples understand that He was being about the Fathers business.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, Rabbi, eat. But he said to them, I have food to eat that you do not know about. So the disciples said to one another, Has anyone brought him something to eat? Jesus said to them, My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, There are yet four months, then comes the harvest? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor. (John 4:31-38, ESV2011)

Jesus speaks of souls reached with the message of the gospel, being like a farmer who gathers in a harvest. Jesus calls it fruit for eternal life. He gave all of us who are His followers a co-mission. We call this the Great Comission.
And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matt 28:18-20, ESV2011)

When Jesus gave us this mission, He was saying that as King of Kings and Lord of Lords "all authority" has been given to Him as a human being who now heads the body of Christ. He is God, but as man, He has been given "all authority, to rule and reign one day as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. With this authority he told us, as his disciples, to in His name do three things. #1 - Go #2 - Make disciples #3 - Baptize #4 - Teach

#1 Go
Lets start by looking at the word Go in the original language.
Original: - Transliteration: Poreuomai - Phonetic: por-yoo'-om-ahee - Definition: 1. to lead over, carry over, transfer a. to pursue the journey on which one has entered, to continue on one's journey b. to depart from life c. to follow one, that is: become his adherent 1. to lead or order one's life - Origin: middle voice from a derivative of the same as G3984 - TDNT entry: 15:26,9

It means to pursue the journey on which one has entered, to continue on ones journey. If we have not seen or experienced what Jesus calls being born from above, you have no journey to continue on. Another way to look at this word is to depart from life. Wow, if that is not saying something about being a disciple. Jesus did make it very clear that following Christ was going to cost us our life.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26, ESV2011)

The word "hate" here implies "to love less." To see your love for them as "hate" when compared to your love for Him. Becoming a disciple simply means to follow Christ and in following "learn from Him". The word disciple is simply a learner. Not just a book smart learner but a life smart learner. This is not a conditional statement Jesus is making here as much as it is a statement of fact. He is not saying I must jump through hoops to earn my right to be his disciple or to be in his club. If you come to your track coach with scuba gear and fins on and ask him to help you run fast, he is going to tell you that he cannot help you unless you first take your gear and fins off. There are things that can hinder us from learning from the master. Often it is the culture we are born into, the community, the church, our closest family members and

even our own self, telling us to invest our time in certain ways. These things cannot come before Christ, if we really want to learn from Him as a disciple. We must have a journey started before we can continue on it. Jesus made this clear to Nicodemus, a teacher in Israel, and a Pharisee.
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him. (John 3:1-2, ESV2011)

Nicodemus did not want to come to Jesus during the day, asit appears this would cause others to see that He was showing interest in Him. This could get you banished from the synagogue.
Jesus replied, I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3, NET)

Here we find our word see again. It is the same word in the original that Jesus used when he said If you knew the gift of God.
Original: - Transliteration: Eido - Phonetic: i'-do - Definition: 1. to see a. to perceive with the eyes b. to perceive by any of the senses c. to perceive, notice, discern, discover d. to see 1. i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything 2. to pay attention, observe 3. to see about something 1d 2. i.e. to ascertain what must be done about it 1. to inspect, examine 2. to look at, behold

What is it that Jesus was saying they would see or know unless they were born from above? A kingdom. But not just any ordinary kingdom, this is the kingdom of God. But what does the word Kingdom mean and how does this Kingdom relate to God.

G932 basileia (bas-il-ei'-ah) n. 1. (properly) royalty 2. (abstractly) rule 3. (concretely) a realm

{literally or figuratively} [from G935]

KJV: kingdom, + reign

Root(s): G935

It is not like the kingdoms we are familiar with. These Kingdoms are visible and offer power and prestige to those who "rule" them.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. And he said to him, I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship me. (Matt 4:8-9, NET)

The Kingdom of God is more like a realm or "dimension" that we dont fully understand as humans. It is unseen by the human eye.
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (or in the midst of you).
(Luke 17:20-21, KJV)

In other words, you wont see my kingdom with human eyes. They were speaking to Jesus who was the very ruler of this kingdom and they did not realize that the Kingdom of God was in their midst". They missed something that was right under their nose. The King and the Kingdom are often terms used synonymously with each other. Where the King is, so is the Kingdom. While the Kingdom is a realm it is also a rule. Just because the Kingdom is present, that does not mean that we are choosing to submit to its authority. In another sense the kingdom is in operation when lives are submitted to its authority, rule, and reign. When we choose out of free will to submit to His rule, we experience the reality of another world invading ours. This is what Jesus means when He tells us to pray "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on this Earth as it already is in the heavenly realm."
Therefore he told me, These signify the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD who rules over all. (Zech 4:6, NET)

In one sense God does rules over all because he has the power to do anything to anyone at any time. However, in another sense, God has chosen to allow free will to exist. This free will enables His children to grow in character and to learn from Him. This free will enables true love. It is the beast in the classic story "Beauty and the Beast" that attempted to force or control Belle's love. As soon as this occurs, true love is quenched and lost. Love must be a free will choice. It can never be forced. We surrender to Christ because we see his beauty. We are like the beast in that story. Christ loves us and humbly sets aside his power to come to Earth and show us what love really is. He showed it all the way to point of dying on a cross in our place. However, unless we have hearts willing to surrender and receive this love it never becomes real through God's miraculous grace.. When we do yield to it, love becomes a response of gratitude rather than obligation and we long to surrender to the rule of His Kingdom. Why? Because we know our master, and we know that He alone has the words of eternal life. As Peter said Where else can we go, Lord? So picking back up with Jesus and Nicodemus, we must first see or know by being born from above. God appears to grant this to those who long for it, those who humbly see their need for it. This is not always how He chooses but often it is the case. We will talk more later about the Kingdom and its beautiful relationship to the King.
Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:4-6, ESV2011)

We must be born of water through physical birth and we must be born of the Spirit through spiritual birth or we cannot enter, see, or know the kingdom of God. It is fascinating to note the original word for Spirit in this passage.
G4151 pneuma (pnyoo`-mah) n. 1. a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze 2. (by analogy or figuratively) a spirit 3. (humanly) the rational soul

4. (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc. 5. (superhumanly) an angel, demon 6. (divinely) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit [from G4154] KJV: ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind Root(s): G4154 Compare: G5590

This is where we get the term pneumonia from as relating to our lungs because of its connection to breath, and air. Jesus is saying that His Spirit is like a current of air. It breathes life on us but in a way that is usually unpredictable.
Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:7-8, ESV2011)

When Jesus says The wind blows where it wishes, this word wind is the same word pneuma. When one is born of the Spirit they are beginning an adventurous journey with the wind. This journey according to Jesus blows where it wishes. He says that So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. So, lets resume the subject of the great commission and Jesus giving us a commission to go or to continue on a journey that has been started. We now have a better understanding of the characteristics and motivating forces of this journey. We must first be born from above so that we can be like the wind that blows where it wishes. That word wishes is not blowing where we wish. This is tied to Gods agenda. He has a will or mind or intention for our lives. This now becomes the overarching purpose of our existence. To discover that desire God has to work in and through us in His disciple making mission. Notice the dictionary definition for the word "wishes" below...

Original: - Transliteration: Thelo - Phonetic: thel'-o - Definition: 1. to a. b. c. will, have in mind, intend to be resolved or determined, to purpose to desire, to wish to love 1. to like to do a thing, be fond of doing d. to take delight in, have pleasure

- Origin: apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138 - TDNT entry: 03:44,3 - Part(s) of speech: Verb

Notice also that this is a will, mindset, determination and purpose that is loved by the one who pursues it. As God's desires become our desires we like to do this thing. We are fond of doing it and we take delight in it. Religion is not like that. Most religion simply makes us feel obligated to do something because we "should" or "ought" to.

#2 Make Disciples
As we continue on our journey or "go", Christ calls us to in our "going" make disciples. This is a journey of "going" that in doing it provides us the opportunity to "make disciples." We often think that this means something far away, which it might. But it has more to do with where you are once you "get there". Even if we travel to the uttermost parts of the Earth we will always be "somewhere." Wherever that somewhere is, I think the point of " in your going" or "as you continue" is to make disciples along the natural path of our lives. It is the ordinary course of life that is required to make a disciple. They must learn not to compartmentalize their lives in to buckets called "spiritual" and "secular." There really is no such thing for a true believer in whom Christ dwells. Wherever that person goes they bring God with them because they are the temple of the living God. The New covenant does not teach that places are sacred any longer. This idea of the temple and the elements surrounding the sacrifice are simply shadows of something that was to come. The former things have passed away and

now "in Christ" God was made all things new. In light of this new covenant build on "better promises" than the old according Hebrews, we now have the sacred one within us.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

The sacred one goes with us now as we make disciples of others. But how do we make a disciple? What is a disciple? We will answer these questions but first we need be very clear that we are not making disciples or people who follow us. There is nothing savred about us apart from Christ. This is an easy trap to fall into. Nowhere does Christ tell us that we are to be the object of our followers. At best we may say after years of walking with Christ Follow me as I follow Christ, but Christ is always the object and one to be truly followed. We will always need to remain in a posture of humility. We are to be like one beggar trying to show another beggar where we can both find some bread together. There is no room for top down authority structures in Christs Kingdom.
But Jesus called them to him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matt 20:25-28, ESV2011)

The attitude of servanthood and humility is foundational for helping someone become a follower of Christ. Christ was the greatest model of this attitude, who of all people, as God, was worthy of praise yet He did not hold on to His perks and/or rights as God but Instead took of the form of a servant Himself. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, (Philippians 2:5, 6 ESV) There is a mindset that is critical for someone who is helping on other follow Christ. If Christ Himself was willing to lay down the privileges

that come with being who He was (as God) such that He could properly model how He wanted us to live as redeemed men, then we must to put on this attitude. You see Christ was willing to let go and no longer "grasp" or hold something He had every right to hold and did hold prior to entering the human race. He spoke of the "the glory He had" with the Father in John 17 "before the world began." There were many times during His Earthly life, He could have used His power to "prove" who He was. He could have leveraged His divinity, and played His God card. Think about how you and I would have reacted if we were Him, knowing who we really were. What would be our tendency? We would have used our power. But when He stood before Herod, the chief priest, and Pilate, or when He hung on the cross, He did not use what was rightfully His to exploit the situation or control it for His own selfish gain. Try to picture your default response in these circumstances if you were God in human flesh. The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said." When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest?" Jesus answered him, "If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?" Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. (John 18:19-24 ESV) Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. (Luke 22:63-65 ESV) When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and

mocked him. Then, arraying him in robe like King, he sent him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:8-11) He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, "You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?" Jesus answered him, "You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin." (John 19:9-11 ESV) "And those who passed by kept reviling Him and reproaching Him abusively in harsh and insolent language, wagging their heads and saying, Aha! You Who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, Now rescue Yourself , coming down from the cross!

So also the chief priests, with the scribes, made sport of Him to one another, saying, He rescued others [from death]; but Himself He is unable to rescue? Let the Christ (the Messiah), the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see [it] and trust in and rely on Him and adhere to Him! Those who were crucified with Him also reviled and reproached Him [speaking abusively, harshly, and insolently]. (Mark 15:29-32 AMP) This type of willingness to experience humility by actually being humiliated is completely opposite of our nature. We are peons compared to Christ and yet we would deeply struggle to be so misunderstood, so defamed, so despised and rejected of men. Scripture foretold that it would be this way for Jesus, who was the Christ. For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:2, 3, 7

So how do we make disciples? By keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside Gods throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you wont become weary and give up. (Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT) There is nothing more important that keeping our the focus of our lives, our attention, our preoccupation on Christ. This is what changes us and those we are helping grow in Christ. Many people and many things will attempt to distract us from Christ, even in His name. People who call themselves Christ followers are often the greatest source of distraction from Christ Himself. Why? Because they come in "sheep's clothing" but often they are really furthering their own agendas. What appear to be well intentioned christians leaders are often really people feeding their own insecurities through ministry christian activity. Just because someone claims to be a Christian does not guarantee that they really have the things of Christ in mind. Even Peter was guilty of this and Christ's own words exposed "the place" his heart was coming from when he told Jesus that He shouldn't go to the cross. Then He sternly and strictly charged and warned the disciples to tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. From that time forth Jesus began [clearly] to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders and the high priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised from death. Then Peter took Him aside to speak to Him privately and began to reprove and charge Him sharply, saying, God forbid, Lord! This must never happen to You! But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind

Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men. Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also]. For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]? (Matthew 16:20-26 AMP) Being a disciple and making disciples is really one and the same. We make disciples by fixing our eyes on Christ and by avoiding anything that limits our exposure to His amazing counterintuitive Kingdom. We cannot get caught up in the same spirit that Peter did. Jesus literally turned away from Peter and identified whoose spirit he was of clearly and directly. But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behin Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me] We must do the same in ourselves and we must detect this in those we are helping to follow. Notice the root issue Jesus was putting His finger on here... for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men. (Matthew 16:23 AMP)

If we only knew how much has and is being done in the name of Christ that is deeply rooted in his "human mindset." Why do most nonbelievers today loathe the idea of going to a church? Because of this mindset Jesus saw in Peter. This human oriented pragmatic approach to life that sees counter intuitive kingdom realities as impractical and irrelevant. Jesus said that Peter was "partaking" of something that was of nature or quality that did not reflect of God's way of doing things. Peter at that moment was not representing the family business. God has a style and way about how He like to do things pertaining to His Kingdom and Peter was functioning in a manner that represented the father of lies whoose only mission in life according to Jesus is to "steal, kill, and destroy." We must be on our guard against this type of spirit in our helping others follow Christ. We are not here to leave a footprint of ourselves. We are not here to build high profile ministries to gain the applause of men. Peter did not understand that the whole mission of the Messiah was to died urging His first visitation.. Peter wanted a version of Christ who would take over Rome and implement a powerful government in its place. Peter like James and John, had aspirations of greatness in the back of his mind. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." (Mark 10:35-37 ESV) There is a mindset here that every disciple of Christ must face head on inside ourselves. If we don't expose it, we will be left with a hollow shell of Christian activity that is really furthering nothing more than the purposes of the devil Himself whoose chief sin was rooted in pride and arrogance. Christian ministries can fall into the "snare of he devil" just as easy as drug dealers can. They often wind up pedaling the same type of drugs. Power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely, But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism [of affliction] with which I am baptized? (Mark 10:38 AMP)

Notice that He said "you don't know what you are asking". The sam word is used that we have now seen multiple times over. They did not know what they were asking. They could not "see" their own motives driving the question they asked Jesus. But Jesus knew. He could see it.

Original: - Transliteration: Eido - Phonetic: i'-do - Definition: 1. to see a. to perceive with the eyes b. to perceive by any of the senses c. to perceive, notice, discern, discover d. to see 1. i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything 2. to pay attention, observe 3. to see about something 1d 2. i.e. to ascertain what must be done about it 1. to inspect, examine 2. to look at, behold

This is the same context of the verse we looked at earlier regarding not "lording over people" like the Gentiles did. What did Jesus instruct them concerning this statement. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, (Mark 10:43 ESV) In other words, if you want to be my disciple and make disciples, the communities you form together should never have this element of control, power, top down authority structures which mimic the spirit and attitude of this world. Your communities should rather be built on a counter intuitive foundation. Greatness is determined by humility and servant like attitudes. Disciples must become as their master. Christ Himself "emptied Himself" taking on the guise of a servant. He took this so seriously that it led Him to a cross where he allowed all power games to be withheld completely, even to the point of ridicule and shame.

James and John could not "perceive" the spirit they were of any more than Peter could and this was the cream of the crop out of Christ's twelve disciples. These were His inner circle that He would later Comission. If Peter, James and John were vulnerable to this temptation from the enemy, then each follower of His must watch carefully for this attitude in the communities we foster and in the roles we both assume and get influenced by. The attitude is nothing short of evil and is authored by Satan and his demons. Only death to self can eliminate it. Which is why Jesus teaches this to the crowd right after Peter displays this attitude. And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. (Mark 8:34, 35 ESV) In other words, if you want to "follow me" or "come after me" as a disciple who is learning from me, you have to deny yourself and like Christ let go of your desire or need to grasp or cling to power. Set that aside because in dying to your will, to your plans, to your agendas, to your idols, to your "ministry", to your glory, to your reputation, to your perception of success , you will find life. When we loose what we naturally want our life to become for His sake and for the sake of the gospel then we will find our life saved (resurrected) by Him. This kind of sounds like what Jesus did which no one could understand. So lets return to our text... And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV) How do we make disciples of Christ? By first remembering that they are not "our" disciples. They are not "our sheep" they are His disciples and

His sheep. They follow Him and learn from Him. They work with Christ as Christ builds His Church just as He promised He would. "... I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 ESV) Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1 ESV) Why is it so important to not get ahead of God and attempt to build His Kingdom using our own ideas? Because it is futile to try to build something that is made from the material of another world. If we attempt to build disciples and churches on human principles and in our own strength we reproduce exactly what we invested. Naturalistic, humanistic, pragmatic disciples who will teach others to do exactly what they were taught. This is equal to laboring in vain or as Paul put it "wood, hay, and stubble" on judgement day. Then he said to me, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6 ESV) Why are most of the stories in scripture counter intuitive? Why did God tell Noah to build a boat when it had never rained? Why did God tell Abraham he would be a father of nations when his wife was unable to have children? Why did God call Moses when he was a murderer and was not very good at speaking? Why did God tell Joshua to march around Jericho seven times? Why did God choose a little shepherd boy to be king over Israel? Why did God give birth to His Son in manger? Why did the Christ get crucified by His own chosen family line promised to bring blessing to the rest of he Earth? Why did He allow Him to die, to be buried for three days before raising Him to life on the third day? Why did Jesus spend only three years in public ministry primarily focused on twelve men, one who would betray Him another who would deny Him and all who would abandon Him? Why was He only left with 120 followers shortly after His death when He had multitudes who initially followed Him and witnessed Him giving sight to those born blind, raising the dead, healing the lame? Why does He choose to use the foolish of the world to confound the wise? Because He wants to be

glorified in the Earth. He wants the credit to return to Himself because He is a self sacrificial giver who by His nature gains respect from others through humble acts of self sacrificial love. The king of glory washes His disciples feet. He says "if I be crucified I will draw all men to myself." The magnet God uses to draw people is always counterintuitive to how we as humans would. We like draw people to Christ through showing them our success. We like to put our best foot forward and draw people through marketing what Christ will do for you to better your life and give you everything you need to be the best version of you that you can be. When Christ calls men to follow Him He uses images like a child, like a slave, like a cross. He brings out a basin and a towel. This is how God likes to roll and if we are to follow Him we must learn to listen. We must pay close attention to the Master and focus on His counterintuitive ways. When success comes from this type of ministry who do you think will get the applause? Us or Him? What if we minister from an opposite spirit? Who then will get the applause? When men follow us and become disciples of us instead of Christ, then we have to keep wowing them with something big enough to keep them coming. We have to find some clever means of maintaining their followership. The problem with this model or paradigm of ministry is that we were never called to make followers of ourselves. We were sent to make disciples of the one we ourselves are supposed to be following. We must fix our eyes on Jesus and not our own version of a successful ministry in His name. The Pharisees were leaders of people but not followers of God and His Christ. We must avoid the trap of searching the scriptures but failing to come to one who wrote them. Only He can bring life to them. Bookmark: sent to Ed and Phil here The master modeled for us what life in His body was to be like. How did the "image of the invisible God" choose to invest His time? What type of body did He intend these disciples to participate in? I am certain that scripture is clear about the type of community He intended for His Church. One that is headed by Christ Himself. One that involves "every member" participating and playing a part. One that is not bogged down

or controlled my human wisdom, human philosophy, or the traditions of man. Christ and His apostles had so much to say about the context and backdrop of the type of community that disciples were to grow in. Unfortunately, much of this has not been taught well in our culture. We have adopted many church traditions that have been handed down to us as if it were scriptural. There is so much language that comes from Christian subculture which is diametrically opposed to the ways of God. In order to make disciples the church must function as a body under one head, that is Christ. This body has many members but all make up "one body." This body must be equipped to "work properly" such that it matures to have the capacity to "build itself up in love." This capacity only is acheivable if this body is able to have time, space, freedom, and opportunity to "speak the truth"or literally "truth" one another in the context of love (agape). You will see from the scriptures below this is actually how "we are to grow up." Making disciples is helping people to "grow up in everyway" unto who? "Him who is the head" that is Christ. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Eph 4:15-16, ESV) For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1Cor 12:12-13, ESV) The roleofthe equipper is very similar to that of a parent. They are working their way out of a job. The parents success is not ultimately based on dependency, but on the child's ability to no longer depend upon them for sustenance. This does not mean the relationship goes away once a parent has raised their children, but the children should be able to operate in a healthy manner without them. Pastors and teachers must own this philosophy if disciples are to be "made". The goal of a pastor or teacher is to connect people through to Christ. Once equipped

the members of the body should be able to completely "build itself up in love (agape). "...held together by every joint (connection) with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself (edification) up in love (agape)." (Eph 4:15-16, ESV) Disciples remain dysfunctionally dependent when we foster a "top down" model creates a system of learning which never allows the body member to practically function in the role Christ intended for them. They cannot grow without participating relationally with each other in a context that allows "truthing" each other and "building itself up" in love (agape). Without participation and relational "body building," disciples will never be made. Just like physical body building requires the strengthening of muscle tissue, "spiritual body building," is an essential ingredient in creating healthy disciples who learn how to allow Christ to edify (build up) through them. The body, as envisioned by Christ is group of disciples who have been born from above and are learning to drink of the "living water" that flows from Christ living within them. The Spirit of Christ is building His church through vessels of clay (honor) yielded to Him as the head. This is where spiritual gifts come into play. Disciples are "build" or "made" as "edification" occurs. Edification comes from the word "edify" which is where we get our term "edifice" from. It is an architectural term.
G3619 oikodome (oy-kod-om-ay') n. 1. architecture 2. (concretely) a structure 3. (figuratively) confirmation [feminine (abstract) of a compound of G3624 and the base of G1430] KJV: building, edify(-ication, -ing) Root(s): G3624, G1430

Not that the original work for build up or edify literally means architecture. The two words that make up this word are household and edifice. In Christ, we are members of Gods household.
So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of Gods household, (Eph 2:19, NET)

God is "building" His church, not our church(es). He is constructing a group of called ones from every tribe, nation, and tongue to glorify Him. These called ones are being called for the purpose of "learning from Him" which is what discipleship is. We learn best when we are relationally connected as one household or family of God. This learning from Christ never occurs in isolation His Body. We "keep our eyes fixed on Him," while loving those we can see in this present world. Scripture is very clear that one sign or evidence that we are a part of Christs family shows up in our desire to love those who are His. We love our fellow family members because Christ has chosen to love them. Even if they are unlovable so we have been unlovable and Christ loved us.
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness the one who does not love (agape) his fellow Christian (brother) is not of God. (1John 3:10, NET) Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we reside in God and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. (1John 4:11-13,

If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (1John 4:20, ESV2011)

Christ is teaching us about His nature. His nature is self-sacrificial giving. The body is to evidence this in how we love each other as a testimony to the world.
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (John 17:23, ESV2011) A new commandment I give to you, that you love (agape) one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35, ESV2011)

The world does not want to see hypocritical disciples who look down their noses self-righteously at all the sinners who are less than them. This is not showing agape. Agape is when the world sees us sacrifice for one another as Christ sacrificed for us. This is a proof text that transcends the intellect. It is a living proclamation that resonates with the living word, who is Christ. Disciples must learn that information and instruction is a means to an end. It can never become the end. Otherwise we will be
always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. (2Tim 3:7, ESV2011)

These type of learners are not disciples of Christ. They might know a lot about Christ and the scriptures but
They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. (2Tim 3:5, NET) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2Tim 3:5, KJV)

Christ is wanting disciples who will follow Him, not mans traditions, methods, or ways.
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men],And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25, KJV)

Apart from Christ human beings will always tend to twist things to their own advantage. They will love with a hook. There will always be a hidden agenda or angle that is coming. This is how the unregenerate heart operates by default.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer 17:9,

We dont even understand our own hearts. Only God can help us filter through the garbage of our old man, and help us discover the new man He has created to rest in Him.
I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. (Jer 17:10, ESV2011)

The old man does not seek to be a disciple who edifies others. This is a function of Christ who has been birthed inside of those who have been granted a new nature. The new man is our spirit yielding to Christ within us. This yielding and focus on Christ is now is our life begins to reveal who we can be as a new creation.
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away look, what is new has come! (2Cor 5:17, NET) and to put on the new man who has been created in Gods image in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth. (Eph 4:24, NET) Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with its practices and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created it. (Col 3:9-10, NET)

By trusting Christ we grow in this knowledge from God. We trust Christ more as we know Him more. Trust takes time for us. Notice the verse says we are being renewed. Even though God has declared us a new creation, this does not mean that our progress and maturity in what He has begun in immediately complete. He simply planted a seed within us that He is growing for His purposes.
Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin (as a lifestyle), because Gods seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. (1John
3:9, NET)

There is a genetic transformation that has begun within a man who has received Christ as the Messiah. This transformation involves spiritual genetics. The word seed in 1 John 3:9 is literally sperma which is where we get our English word sperm from.
Original: - Transliteration: Sperma - Phonetic: sper'-mah - Definition: 1. from which a plant germinates a. the seed i.e. the grain or kernel which contains within itself the germ of the future plants 1. of the grains or kernels sown b. metaph. a seed i.e. a residue, or a few survivors reserved as the germ of the next generation (just as seed is kept from the harvest for the sowing)

2. the semen virile a. the product of this semen, seed, children, offspring, progeny b. family, tribe, posterity c. whatever possesses vital force or life giving power 1. of divine energy of the Holy Spirit operating within the soul by which we are regenerated - Origin: from G4687 - TDNT entry: 15:56,1 - Part(s) of speech: Noun Neuter

Notice that this is a term of family, of legacy, of growth. Just as a seed goes into the ground and dies before it grows, in like manner Christs life leads us to die to our selfish nature which is our old man. It invites us to discover a new nature that He has planted in us, which is actually His own life. This life grows to maturity within us. Being a disciple is simply cultivating the soil of our hearts to embrace and nourish that seed within us. The work is not ours but Gods. We simply need to be receptive to it.
for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort for the sake of his good pleasure is God. (Phil 2:13, NET)

We need to good soiled hearers, like Jesus described.

But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance. (Luke 8:15,

What is the seed here? The word of God. Who is the word of God according to scripture? Christ. It is Christ that is maturing in us. His life will get more and more of us as we mature in our humility and brokenness.
My children I am again undergoing birth pains until Christ is formed in you! (Gal 4:19, NET)

There are many things that choke this process of maturity. Notice what Jesus taught about the thorny ground hearers.
As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
(Luke 8:14, NET)

Notice the language Paul uses describing his own maturity.

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20, NET)

Notice that it is the faithfulness of the Son of God who has caused Paul to live. This life began from Christs self-sacrificial giving Himself for Paul. His maturity was marked by it is no longer I who live, but Christ. The seed had grown in Paul and this seed was displacing his life. The old man, was being replaced by the new man over time. This is what it means to be a disciple. We are slowly learning that Christs ways are better than our ways. That His life works better than our old mans life which came from the spiritual genetic state of Adam. Christ became the second Adam to set right the spiritual genetic code handed to us in the fall. As we experience more and more of Christs life, He will always lead us to love others. The love does not originate from the old man. Only the new man who is one with Christ can operate in agape love. This experience of Christ will lead us to form relationships with other members of the body.
For just as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body though many are one body, so too is Christ. (1Cor 12:12, NET)

Notice that Christs family is referred to her as a body that has many members. We in Christ are not alone or to consider our life as independent from these members who are one body. Christ functions practically on earth through this body. When the body is yielded to Him, it will see Christ as its head. What is the function of a head to the human body? The head is the command and control center. The head gives the direction and guidance for the body. When listened to it shows the body how to function. Great harm comes to a body that cannot receive messages from the brain. Without this input the body will shut down and vital organs will fail.

Making disciples and being a disciple must occur under the direct headship of Christ. We can never allow human beings to become our head. Any role given to body members by Christ will always see itself as a tool to help achieve this goal. Leadership is not to be command and control. Leadership should never be dictatorial or dominate. Christ made this very clear to His disciples.
But Jesus called them and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, (Matt 20:25-26, NET)

Leadership is really a confusing word. It can be misunderstood easily because of how it is used in earthly contexts. Leadership in the Kingdom really does not lead in the sense of command and control, style leadership. The greatest in the kingdom is the servant. Servants dont control anyone. They dont dictate orders or have authority over others. The themselves are slaves of another master.
Original: - Transliteration: Diakonos - Phonetic: dee-ak'-on-os - Definition: 1. one who executes the commands of another, esp. of a master, a servant, attendant, minister a. the servant of a king b. a deacon, one who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use c. a waiter, one who serves food and drink - Origin: probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands, cf G1377) - TDNT entry: 03:28,2 - Part(s) of speech: Noun

Notice how critical this definition is for our understanding of healthy kingdom leadership. The great among you must be your one who executes the commands of another. The greatest are those who have learned how to listen to the head of the body, which is Christ. They are the servant of a King, which is in perfect alignment with the teaching of scripture which exalts Christ as King.

They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful. (Rev
17:14, NET)

We are all simply to be servants of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are the called, chosen, and faithful, who will accompany Christ on that great day when He will demonstrate His power and authority on Earth. There is no room for anyone to build their own kingdom beneath the King of kings and Lord of lords. In Earthly kingdoms most kings would execute anyone who attempted to establish their own kingdom with that kings realm or domain. The Roman emperor was especially strict about subjects of his kingdom claiming to be a king. This why Pilate questioned Jesus to determine if He was claiming to be an Earthly king.
So Pilate went back into the governors residence, summoned Jesus, and asked him, Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus replied, Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about me? Pilate answered, I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done? Jesus replied, My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here. Then Pilate said, So you are a king! Jesus replied, You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. Pilate asked, What is truth? When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders and announced, I find no basis for an accusation against him.
(John 18:33-38, NET)

This is why the Jews said We have no king but Caesar.

Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, Behold your King! They cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him! Pilate said to them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, (John 19:14-16,

Christ is not looking for command and control, style leadership. He wants the opposite of this. Again, when He caught the disciples arguing over who would be greatest, notice His instructions.
Then they came to Capernaum. After Jesus was inside the house he asked them, What were you discussing on the way? But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me. (Mark 9:33-37, NET)

Why was this so important to Jesus? Because He knew what was in man. He knew our capacity for evil and selfishness. He knew the truth behind these old adages.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it" It is not only the slave or serf who is ameliorated in becoming free... the master himself did not gain less in every point of view,... for absolute power corrupts the best natures.

This type of reasoning is counter intuitive for us, especially Americans. Our culture and economy is built on command and control leadership. Our culture was born through rugged individualism. We are going to especially suffer from the weakness of turning Christs body into something it was never intended to be. "The church began as a movement in Jerusalem. It became a philosophy in Greece, an institution in Rome, a culture in Europe and, when it came to America, it became a business... a highly profitable business. So what is the role of leadership in Christ body? How are the well known titles we give use for leadership in Christian circles supposed to function? Lets look at Ephesians 4 to find some answers.
It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, (Eph 4:11, NET)

God established roles for Christian workers in the scripture. In todays age we most commonly refer to Christian workers as pastors. The important thing to note is that regardless of the role described above, each and everyone one of them were to have one ultimate purpose.
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, (Eph 4:12, NET)

Why were these roles given to Christs body? To simply equip the saints for the work of ministry. While we will go into more depth on this in a moment, what was the ministry they were to equip the

saints for? Depending on how you translate this passage it could be that is, to build the body of Christ. In other words, the equippers role is prepare the ordinary ever day believer for their own work of ministry. This ministry was to participate in the building of the body of Christ. That word building means to edify. The ordinary people (Christs disciples) of God are to be the very ones that actually learn to edify or build up, Christs body. Lets examine a phrase in that last verse. to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. The phrase work of the ministry, is actually defined as that which one is occupied with, that which one undertakes to do, the thing at hand. What are disciples of Christ to be equipped to be about? The word for is towards, and has the idea that they are to be about something that works towards or forwards the goal of the edification of the body of Christ. The natural byproduct of a edified body is healthy growth. When the leaders or equipping servants, of the body are primarily focused on helping the body grow up unto Him who is the head, we see lives transformed. When leaders try to build successful ministries so that they can feel important and good about themselves, it always leads to destruction and pain. People becomes pawns for others greatness. Jesus said this must not be this way among you. However, when the greatest see themselves as the chief servants, then life flows into the body. Even Christ Himself modeled this for us in what He said to His disciples.
For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:27, NET) he got up from the meal, removed his outer clothes, took a towel and tied it around himself.He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself. (John 13:4-5, NET) Blessed are those slaves whom their master finds alert when he returns! I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, have them take their place at the table, and will come and wait on them! (Luke 12:37, NET)

Jesus was modeling for us how he wants it to be among the members of his body. If He was Himself God, and He came to Earth having set aside His rights, perks, and privileges as King, then shouldnt we do likewise?
You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death even death on a cross! (Phil 2:5-8, NET)

Jesus did not play His God card when I came to Earth as a human being. Everything He did, He did just as He wants us to do. He did not consider being equal with God and the rights and powers that come with that as something He had to hold on to or grasp. He was willing to let those rights go and He emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. This was the most humbling act the universe has ever seen. As a human being He chose to obey His Father just as He as we are to. Every miracle Jesus did was not because He was playing His God card. He had no powers other than what the Father did in an through Him through the power of the Spirit.
I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. (John 5:30-32, ESV) G191 akouo (ak-ou'-o) v. 1. to hear
{in various senses} [a primary verb]

KJV: give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears), (shall) hear(-er, -ken), be noised, be reported, understand

G2919 krino (kree'-no) v. 1. (properly) to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially)

Jesus was very clear that He could do nothing on His own. He would listen to the Father and the Father would tell Him what to do. His ability to distinguish or decide was based on the fact that He did not seek my own will but the will of Him who sent me. This is critical for us to understand about being a disciple and making disciples. We

cannot follow our own will and expect anything good to come from it. If Jesus, as a human emptied of His divine privileges did not choose His own will, then why should we trust ours? The model He set tells us everything about how to follow Him. We follow Him, just as He followed the Father.
So Jesus answered them, I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. (John 5:19, NET)

Notice the present tense language used by Jesus regarding His Father. The Son was in the present witnessing what His Father was doing. The Son simply remained in the Father. The Son simply stayed in sync with what He saw the Father do. So Jesus tells us.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing. (John 15:5, NET)

Notice the definition for the word remains below:

Original: - Transliteration: Meno - Phonetic: men'-o - Definition: 1. to remain, abide a. in reference to place 1. to sojourn, tarry 2. not to depart 1a b. to continue to be present 1a c. to be held, kept, continually d. in reference to time 1. to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure 1b e. of persons, to survive, live f. in reference to state or condition 1. to remain as one, not to become another or different 2. to wait for, await one - Origin: a root word - TDNT entry: 13:34,6 - Part(s) of speech: Verb

Jesus told us to do what He Himself did. He remained in His Father. He waited for His Fathers will. He continued to be present in relationship with God. This is the part that often requires us to be broken. We dont like to remain. We dont like to stay. We like to depart and do our own thing. We can even attempt to build Gods Kingdom for Him, but without Him. This is often like a child playing in the sand without noticing the castle being built next to Him by one much wiser and more capable than he. We dont realize the futility of doing our own thing, even in His name.
Therefore he told me, These signify the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD who rules over all. (Zech 4:6, NET) Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Ps 127:1, ESV2011)

The most foolish thing we can do is attempt to do Gods work apart from God. Why? Because only God can do Gods work. We cannot. Even Jesus, as a man, did not attempt to do Gods work without His Father. Jesus made it very clear to the religious of His day, how disconnected they were from God, even though everything they did was in His Name.
But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words? (John 5:36-47, ESV)

They had their own agendas in mind and this caused them to miss the one standing in the midst. They searched the scriptures and studied them diligently but the very one whom all the scripture point to was right in front of them, talking to them, and they refused to come to Him to have life. Scripture dont bring eternal life, God Himself does. The

written word is only fruitful as the voice of the living word speaks to humble hearts longing to know Him.
For I have not spoken from my own authority, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak. (John 12:49, NET)

Jesus, showed us where His authority came from. He attributed it to His Father and how the Father inside Him told Him what He should say and what He should speak.
So Jesus replied, My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. (John 7:16, NET) Then Jesus said, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak just what the Father taught me. (John 8:28, NET) Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father residing in me performs his miraculous deeds. (John 14:10, NET)

These scripture are what take the burden out of following Christ. They lead us to know that we were never intended to live life alone. The entire Bible is a testimony of how screwed up mankind is without God. Human history bears witness of the same truth. Unfortunately, many evil things in history were actually done in the name of God. Religion is man trying to do things to impress God and others. Jesus warned us about the effects of religion and the burden that it places on mens shoulders.
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. (Matt 23:1-7, ESV2011)

Just ask most unbelievers about their experiences with church folk and you will hear something similar to what Jesus said about the religious people of His day. I sometimes like to quote this passage to show them that Jesus felt similar in His day. Contrast this passage with the passage below and you will see what following Christ should be like.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry. (Matt 11:28-30, NET)