You often hear people say that we should be living our lives like Jesus.The bible also says that we should be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:1) and walk in his footsteps (1 John 2:6;1 Peter 2:21). But what does it actually look like to live like Jesus did? For those who love an adventure and resonate with the 'let me experience' mission style, listen in and get ready for an exciting and fun filled adventure opportunity!
Live like Jesus for one whole week. I’m not talking about being extra holy or nice to people but rather live your day to day tasks like Jesus would have. It’s going to be buckets of fun, full of adventure but also hugely challenging. Take time to plan what you are going to do; research deeper into how Jesus lived, think creatively, think WWJD (what would Jesus do).
Here are a few ideas of ways that you could live like Jesus did for a week to help get your creative juices flowing.
1. And I will walk 500 miles..
Your only mode of transport are the two feet God gave you. Come rain, hail or shine, walk around barefoot or wearing sandals to get a glimpse of the journeys Jesus would have done by foot to meet people where they were. Feel the aches that Jesus would have felt after long journeys in not so supportive shoes and experience the dirtiness that Jesus’ feet would have got. You could even go a step further and offer to wash your friends feet and fully experience how it felt for Jesus to wash the disciples feet.
2. And I will walk 500 more..
Fortunately for us in today's society we have a constant source of water available at our fingertips however, Jesus didn’t. So get those sandals on and go a two or three mile walk before you even think about parching your thirst. Use the time to reflect on how even when Jesus was tired, he still put his needs before others and looked for opportunities to share the Gospel (John 4). Why not use the time as a prayer walk and keep an eye out for opportunities to chat to people who are perhaps spiritually parched.
3. Are you bready for this?
Jesus was human just like us and needed nourishment. He often ate with others and continued to invite others to participate in the Kingdom through food (John 6). Uber Eats and Deliveroo definitely weren't available back in the day so stock up on fresh, organic foods and get cooking! If you need some recipe inspiration for cuisine that Jesus would have eaten, take a look at 50 yummy recipes here.
4. Life of the party.
Jesus’ ministry was hugely relational. He spent the majority of his ministry spending time with others, breaking bread together and eating in people’s homes. It was intimate, it was life giving and often led to profound conversations and conversions. Could you invite different people over for dinner every single night for a week? Share food, catch up, listen, share your testimony and talk about faith if they don't know Jesus. Inviting others to eat with you invites them into your journey of living like Jesus which is exactly what Jesus did in his ministry with inviting people to participate in the Kingdom. It’s effective and it’s transformational.
5. I'll see your question and raise you another question.
Jesus was naturally asked lots of questions as a teacher, 183 in fact. However, instead of answering every single question with an essay length answer including an appropriate number of references, Jesus was far more interested in using questions to unlock things in people’s hearts than giving a direct answer – even though he could easily do so if he wanted. Jesus knew questions often carried far more weight. He asked 307 questions that shook people’s worldview, revealed their heart motives and provoked a spiritual response. Jesus knew how to ask questions in a way that was designed to lead people on a transformational journey. And if the journey of discipleship is one of transformation then questions can begin to unlock new possibilities, identity, purpose and even destiny. Make an effort this week to ask good questions, to skip past the surface level conversation and ask questions that will lead people on a transformational journey. If you aren't sure how to ask good questions, we can help you out with the DMC deck.
These are just a few ideas of an endless list of ideas you could do in your week to experience living like Jesus. So enjoy, be bold and remember... WWJD. We’d love to hear what you get up to in your week of living like Jesus. Why not share your stories with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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