Here is the classic conundrum that has boggled the church in the last fifty years or so.
The charismatics say, “Well, the Holy Spirit says….”
The doctrinarians say, “Well, the Bible says….”
The neo-“Jesus People” say, “Well, Jesus did….”
Here’s the only truth: They all reinforce each other. You can’t have one without the others.
You want the Christian walk in a nutshell? Here it is: Those who love the Lord Jesus and serve Him alone are led by His Spirit to speak the Truth of the Scriptures while reaching out to other people like He did. That’s it. Doesn’t seem too hard, does it? Here’s all we need to understand as disciples of the Lord Jesus: We must love and serve the Lord alone:
It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. —Deuteronomy 6:13
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. —Mark 12:30
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.” —John 14:21
We must know Jesus and know His voice:
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. —John 17:3
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. —John 10:27
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. —Romans 8:14
We must know the Scriptures:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. —Colossians 3:16
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. —Acts 4:31
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:16-17
We must get out there and reach people:
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
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ —Matthew 25:34-40
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. —John 14:12
That’s it—the Christian walk in a nutshell. Now what’s it going to take for us to live it?