What would you do if you only had three years to live? What would you want to achieve or see or experience in those final three years? Perhaps you want to leave a legacy for your family and friend or the future generation.
Jesus only had three years from the beginning of His ministry until the time that He was crucified, but in those three years achieved something that would change billions of lives.
Although He was God in flesh, that didn’t mean people automatically worshiped and followed Him. Throughout the Gospels we find that Jesus put a lot of effort into influencing others of purpose.
He made disciples not just believers for church. He prayed for, spent time with, gave to and loved people who later prayed for, spent time with, gave to and loved others. Jesus purposefully influenced people who would also influence others.
This is what we as Christians have been called to continue as we see in the great commission, Matthew 28:18 “Therefore, go and make disciples…”
Questions to consider:
- What would you do if you only had three years to live? Why?
- Would you live a way that influenced others towards or away from God? How?
- What do you think Jesus’ most influential actions were? (e.g. miracles, preaching, teaching, parables, time spent with others)
- Read Ephesians 5:15-17. What do you think Paul means when he wrote “because the days are evil” (ESV)?
- What do you believe your called to do? (If you dont know, what are your current goals?) Are you purposefully working towards that? Why or why not?
- Read the parable in of the lost sheep in Luke 15:3-7. Who in your life do you think God could help you influence on purpose? If no one, do you think its important to pray for and find someone?
- What could you do this week to live on purpose and intentionally influence someone else?
(ESV) Eph 5:15 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
(NLT) Luke 15:3- “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
(NLT) Gal 2:11 “When Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. 12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13 As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.”