“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” (Luke 6:40)
When I first began preaching, my wife, Irene, typed out a character confession of Jesus’ ministry and pasted it into the cover of my Bible. It is called, “Jesus Our Model,” and her purpose for doing this was so that I would read it and remember how to minister to people more like Jesus did. I am unaware of its original author, but thanks be to God for these words of encouragement to me:
Jesus Our Model:
- He flowed with Power from the Father!
- He flowed with Love from the Father!
- He flowed with Authority from the Father!
- He flowed with Wisdom from the Father!
- He was sure of His Father and so of Himself.
- He made no apologies or excuses for who He was or what He was teaching.
- He ministered to each person and not to the crowd.
- He didn’t try to be anybody else or impress anyone.
- He came to say and do everything the Father told Him to say and do.
- He came to destroy the works of Satan.
- He came to restore, to save, to heal and to deliver.
- He came to communicate truth that could change their lives.
- He discerned the need and met it!
The more we act like our Master, the more of a disciplined warrior will be seen in us. Consider that Jesus fasted in the wilderness on purpose. In a like aggressive manner, David picked up the five smooth stones and ran toward his enemy, the giant.
Because of His yieldedness to the Holy Spirit the Master was literally driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to face the enemy, and there He fasted as a weapon of warfare against His own flesh and any unbelief that the flesh may produce. This flesh is what the devil intended to use as a weapon against Him. I believe that those who live a fasted life in the Spirit, give the devil much less of an advantage. They learn to trust not in their flesh because their flesh is the weak point. Yet when they trust in their faith, they believe beyond their weakness of the flesh.
Yeshua’s entire life on the earth was an example – a model – for the abundant life that every believer can have. But, it takes faith to live His model of abundant living and not a behavioral adjustment. What I mean is that it is Yeshua’s behavior that we must believe in and not our own.
If He was wounded for our transgression, we must exchange our bad behavior for His good behavior. There is a holy exchange that we must allow to take place.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
This exchange is for us to believe and that in which we place our trust, our hope and all of our faith. You see, it is His behavior that we believe in and not our behavior. Our behavior will never change if we don’t have a miracle of faith believing on Yeshua’s behavior. When we believe on His behavior, the miracle of faith works its way through us, and our behavior begins to change.
Yeshua, (Jesus), is our model to follow when we do not know which way to go. We ought to study His ways, meditate upon His Word and let His Presence surround us and envelop us. Then His ways become our ways, and we walk in all of His ways. He has already modeled His will and His ways to us.
The way out of our ways (the behavior we have that we do not like) is to repent and start believing, confessing and declaring His Word and His behavior into our lives.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)