We can move beyond merely surviving to a thriving life with Jesus when we know him genuinely and risk loving others the way that he loves us. There are risks in loving others, but the potential for thriving only comes in community.
Following Jesus can be costly, and the risk involved can tempt us to avoid vulnerability and hide in a false identity. But when Jesus meets us in our brokenness and uncovers our self-deception, he prepares us for flourishing life.
God intends for us to thrive, but it can only be experienced in knowing him and his grace. This amazing grace establishes our new identity, and God’s truth reveals our vulnerability and helps us embrace fulfilling life in Christ together with the costs of following him.
If we want to evaluate ministry effectively and continue to improve it, we need to do it with the proper understanding of Jesus as the church’s owner and the mission Jesus defined for his people.
Grieving is a necessity in a fallen world, but we should grieve for all of the right reasons. In three different instances Jesus shows us hindrances to good grief and then models how we ought to grieve.