Day 13 — January 28, 2017: We Dream of Actually Making Disciples
During our 2nd week of prayer and fasting, let’s focus our prayers inward for our church. Let’s pray for Christ Centered Church as well as the individuals who are a part of it. Today’s devotional was written by Joey Wood, and it continues our focus on the five dream statements of Christ Centered Church. The fourth Dream Statement is, “We Dream of Actually Making Disciples.”
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19–20
There is so much truth in this passage. In fact, many sermon series have been preached on it, books have been written about it, and seminary classes are designed specifically for it. There are millions of people committed to seeing it fulfilled through organizations dedicated to it. It is also the verse that supports one of our Dream Statements and the fuel that burns in our heart as a church.
There are several lenses through which to read this verse, but I only want to focus on one thing: The disciple who makes disciples.
If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this verse, it’s that this command is meant for you as a follower of Jesus — we are all commanded to go and make more followers of Jesus. However, for some reason, most followers of Jesus ignore this command. Sometimes we think this is someone else’s job. We can’t think like that though. This is something Jesus commanded all of His followers to do. Sometimes we think, “That’s just for the church, not for me,” but the New Testament teaches that we are the church! This is a responsibility of all of us who follow Jesus.
There is a deeper reason why we often ignore this command, and it’s a problem with our hearts. When we assume someone else will handle this, that’s a sign that we don’t grasp the urgency it carries. As Christ Centered Church, we don’t exist to have good worship. We don’t exist to have good preaching. We don’t exist to pass out free water or volunteer to manual labor in our community. We exist because of this verse. In a city of millions of people, we find it unacceptable that most of them do not know Jesus. We must care about those around us who will live in our city, die, and then be separated from God for all eternity if they don’t know Jesus. These aren’t all strangers. You and I know family, friends, and neighbors who don’t know Jesus.
If you ever lay awake at night wondering what your calling is, what your purpose is, or what God wants you to do, this is it. Your prayers have been answered. You and I are tasked as followers of Jesus, to make followers of Jesus.
As you pray today, ask God to give you the urgency and passion for others around you who don’t follow Jesus.
Father, forgive me if I have wronged You in any way. I ask that You would give me a burden for the lost that is greater than my fear to speak. Give me a passion for them that is greater than my passion for self. Lead me to someone who needs to know You, and let me be Your hands and feet in their life. I ask that You would already be at work in their heart and mind. Let them be open to your Word and to me as I try to reach out to them. Use me in any way, that they would see You through me.
Song for Further Reflection: Shane and Shane “All the Poor and Powerless” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzHsadBaBcU