So why do we do what we do? Why are you and I involved in ministry in the local church? Why do we strive to reach teenagers and build the Kingdom through the new generation?
To me it all comes down to two driving forces. One internal and one external. The internal side is me saying, “I’ve received this awesome free gift, now I want others to have it too.” It’s the old adage about being a beggar telling other beggars where you found a hot meal. Out of the joy of receiving, I now give away. The external side is the same driving force that’s fueled the church for the last two thousand years:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Commission. Jesus’ command to make students of others in the same way the disciples were made students of His. Essentially, He’s telling them to partner with the Holy Spirit to reveal to others what’s been revealed to them.
But we make this so difficult. What is it? Who does it? Isn’t it just enough to invite people to church or lead a class?
We’re going to look at discipleship for the next couple weeks. But to start out, lets hear what others have to say about discipleship. This was a series done by the youtube channel chaseGodtv. If you don’t subscribe, get on there. There’s some really good stuff. But they did a short series asking influential personalities somewhere in the Christian ministry what discipleship means to them. Check these out…
So what does that make you think about discipleship? How has this challenged your views or inspired your actions?
Just last night, we had an amazing night with the students. Lots of students made a decisions to follow Christ. Some for the first, some for the thousandth. And we celebrate that, because it’s awesome! But if that’s the goal, we’re way off base. The question then is “what role do each of us play in discipling the students God brings to us?” People are God’s greatest resource. And we must steward them well. So which students are you discipling? Which students do you feel God leading you to disciple?
Take some time to mull all this over and get ready for next week, where we turn super practical. I love you guys! Thanks for joining me on this ride!