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.”
ASSIGNMENT: Make Disciples
#1 JOB REQUIREMENT: Time
Discipleship is a process. It is not a one-time blast or even simply getting people to “make a decision” for Christ. Discipleship is learning to walk with Jesus every day. And this takes times and energy.
We need to be prepared to walk with others as we teach them to walk with Jesus. We must be patient, as others were with us. We must be consistent. In other words we must teach and model what discipleship looks like.
Does it seem overwhelming? Yep. But don’t miss the last line . . . we are not alone in this process. The Lord is with us and working through us as we work with others just like He is every other time.
The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of Christ. It takes a commitment but it is Soooo worth the effort.
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
It is important, even at Christmas to remember why Jesus was born. He came to show us what God was like and to give His life for our sin. It is a staggering concept.
Jesus suffered the wrath that we deserved. His agony was to set us free.
As we come to grasp all this we return to the manger with a different attitude. The cross reveals the beauty of the cradle. Bethlehem is the beginning of a staggering love story that changes us forever. O come, let us adore Him!
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the LORD’s help but turned only to his physicians. 13 So he died in the forty-first year of his reign. (2 Ch 16:12–13).
King Asa was one of the Kings of Judah. When he was under attack he turned to foreign nations for help. God sent Hananai to rebuke the King for not turning to the Lord for assistance. This only made Asa angry. At the end of his life he contracted this serious foot disease. Again he turned to everyone BUT the Lord.
Are we following the pattern of Asa? Are we serving God only in name? Do we talk about His greatness yet never turn and trust Him for help? We turn to our Doctors, the voting booth, friends, television personalities, self-help books, and attempts at manipulation and spin, all while the Lord waits for us to turn to Him.
Whatever the problem, He is greater. Whatever the need, He can meet it. Let’s avoid the sin of King Asa and instead turn FIRST to the Lord who really is our help and our anchor . . . but only if we ask.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.