Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What Kind of Lifestyle does a Foreunner Live?

Last time I wrote about what a forerunner is. When I say "forerunner" I am coming from a Biblical perspective. Like I said last time, John the Baptist is a good example of a forerunner in the Bible, but there are many others- Paul, Moses, Elijah, David. Those are some more well known people. There were also some less known ones like Perscilla and Aquilla in the book of Acts, Barnabus, and others. What kind of lifestyle did all these guys live? Do you have to eat wild honey and locusts for breakfast and wear a camel hair shirt? Thank God that is not a requirement, but if you feel led to, knock your socks off! The common denominator in all these guys lives was there longing for God. Going ever increasingly more deeply in knowing personally and understanding God was the life goal and lifestyle of all these people. Of course they all had their bad days. They were, after all, just human. When they did have difficult seasons, their number one desire, even in the great weakness that they knew they walked in, was to please God. So this is the number one aspect of a forerunner lifestyle: To go hard after intimacy and enjoyment of our beautiful God that His will would be done through us. You cannot do that in your own strength, don't even try. The only way to know somebody really well is to talk a lot with them. You can't have a relationship with somebody if you don't talk with them. Its the same way with God. Yep, He is a person and He loves to talk with people. This is what followers of Christ call prayer. A forerunner spends LOTS of time hanging out and talking with God. As a follower of Christ, I understand I can't do that unless I receive Jesus for who He is- my redeemer, savior, restorer and rightful ruler of my life (If you want to learn more about what that means, drop me a quick comment.). If you really want to understand the life of a follwer of Christ and the lifestyle I strive for as a forerunner in Christ, you have to read and meditate and pray through what Christians call "The Sermon on the Mount" in the book of Matthew, chapters 5 through 7 (Don't get me wrong! You've got to read the rest of the Bible, too.). God calls us to a lifestyle that is in this world, but not of it. If a forerunner is some one who proclaims something, then a Biblical forerunner has to have a message that tells of something to come. My main message as a forerunner artist is to proclaim the full Good News of God's Kingdom, which isn't just salvation in Christ, but that He is coming back to bring heaven and earth back together and bring all of creation back to the way it was always intended to be. Right now in this time of history we are in, that is a very important part of the forerunner message- or what the Bible calls the "Gospel of the Kingdom". My art as a forerunner must also speak of God's justice, and His love for His chosen people Israel.
So here is the lifestyle of a forerunner artist for Jesus broken down.

Live the "Sermon on the Mount" life:

  • Prayer, fasting, giving, with humbleness, and compassion, continually building relationship with our beautiful God.
  • Proclaiming what Jesus has done and is about to do for His Church, and for the world.
  • Pray for and proclaim God's justice for those that have none on this earth.
  • Operate in the power of God through Holy Spirit through the artwork I produce.

I will break down each of these more in the postings coming up. Any questions?

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