...what if the singular act of making disciples comprises all of what the church is to be? I don't want to be reductionistic here, but think about it. Jesus told his disciples to "go," "make disciples of all ethnic groups," "teach them to obey all that he commanded," and "baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." Within "all that He commanded" is everything the church is supposed to be...Indeed, what would the nations of the Earth look like today if making disciples was the primary focus of our churches? I can't help but believe we'd be seeing an unprecedented global harvest on a scale far beyond anything the world has ever seen.
Are we doing what Jesus said to do?
Are we going out to the where the lost live? Or are we planning yet another "come to" activity for ourselves?
Are we making disciples of all ethnic groups? Or are we ministering to the same group of believers who come to our churches?
Are we teaching one another to obey all those things Jesus commanded? Or are we distracted with media events, entertainment, our personal happiness/ambitions, or living the "good life?"
And what did Jesus command? Scanning through the New Testament Gospels one can find a number of things Jesus expects his disciples to do. But since He knew we would have a hard time remembering all these commandments, He did us the favor of summarizing them all in what we know as the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
These can be further reduced for easy recall into three objectives:
1) Love God
2) Love Others
3) Make Disciples
What would our cities, towns, and nations look like if those who claim to follow Christ would simply carry out these three commands of Christ? What would happen if the church began to restructure itself in such a way that her singular focus was upon making disciples who love God and love others? And would repeat the cycle of intentionally going out into the world to make other disciples teaching them to love God and others?
Welcome to the missionary call and task!
This 1:59 video expresses well what we attempt to share above...