Ignited - Demario Davis

Recently as I’ve been reading God’s Word, I was struck by how Jesus saw the people around Him. In Matthew 9:36 it says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”  


As Jesus was healing the people around Him of their physical ailments, He knew a greater, more lasting mission. His only mission was to see God’s people saved and He was going to do everything in His power to see that through.


We often say that our life is about knowing God and making Him known, but if my life is really about knowing God, what am I doing about it? Am I really reading God’s Word and sharing it as if my life depends on it? Because it does. If my relationship with Jesus is the pivotal, most central part of all I do, how will that change how I approach God on a daily basis? How will that change how I read His Word? I can easily get caught up spending more time on social media than in my Bible. But if God’s Word is supposed to be the most important source in my life, how am I treating it?


I want to know how God wants to use me and what He wants me to do. If I was told that in order to stay alive tomorrow I had to do X,Y and Z, I would do it. Wouldn’t you? If sharing God’s Word is the most vital mission I have on earth, that must take up most of my time. I’m mesmerized by the life of Jesus; He was always on mission. He was locked in. If we are to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1-2), we should be locked in, pursuing our relationship with God constantly. We should be looking for ways to share His truth with others. Souls need a home and if they’re headed in the wrong direction, we need to be there to help them get to the proper destination.


How do we encourage the lost to get on the right track? How do we help those who are Christ-followers, yet are faltering, to get back on track? We first need to be in line with God ourselves. We need to see others as Christ sees them. To do that, we need to put on the eyes of Christ. We need to know Christ more for ourselves.


We have a certain luxury the early disciples didn’t. We have the chance to look back and see how Jesus lived and how His disciples responded. They thought He was building an earthly Kingdom, we know He’s building an eternal one. We see that when the Holy Spirit entered the disciples, after Jesus’ ascension, they were ignited even more to share the Gospel with others. They were suddenly locked in fully.


Though the disciples were eyewitnesses to the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, and in witnessing this they became ignited in the faith, we have a faith based on something we’ve not seen and yet believe in. The Holy Spirit is our ignition to spread the Good News. And when we stay in tune with His teaching and His leading, we will be even more effective for the Kingdom than Jesus Himself (John 14:12).


What are you doing to stay fired up?


— Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints linebacker


Demario Davis is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.


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