Disciples Who can Influence their World…
Matthew 28:18 – 20 New Living Translation: “ Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, GO and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.”
Disciples who can influence societies and navigate life…
One of the greatest callings that Jesus gave in the Great Commission (not a Suggestion) was to go and make disciples among the nations and not just converts (Matt. 28:18-20). In the church world today we place a lot of emphasis on making converts and leading people to receive the gift of Christ (or at least most do and maybe more should), and this should be our greatest and first motive to do. However, we should not and can not stop there because the plan of our Father is to not just make converts but make disciples!
Quick story. I have a friend who some years back converted me to the MAC/Apple world and out of the world of PC’s. So in 2008 I bought a iMac for our office. I was so amazed at the speed and ease as I watched the sales man show me all the features, so I rushed home and plugged it in. Only now I had a big problem! I had converted to MAC/Apple but I did not have the knowledge/understanding of how to operate the iMac properly. It was a new Operating System to me that I had never learned before and now I was converted but hopelessly lost in my ability to use the iMac. I still wanted to operate and function on this new, beautiful, fast machine the same way I did with the PC but I was frustrated. So, now I had to stop and take the time to learn the operation and ways of this new Mac Operating System. I found that they had video demos to teach me. It took some time, but boy was it worth the time! Now my work efficacy is so much more and of a higher quality and ease than it was with the old PC/ Windows operating system (sorry if your a PC person).
My funny story is very much true when it comes to new converts in God’s Family & Kingdom. When we come to Christ, we are used to operating by the world’s operating system of a lost sinful society around us. The way we think, reason and perceive is set to the old ways and system of our life before Christ, one that was entrenched with sin and death. That my friend is why we are invited by God to become His disciples and not just His children. We were converted to become disciples and to operate in a new and living way of life, a new and better operating system of New Life!
It’s through Discipleship that we learn about God our Father, Jesus Christ our loving savior and the wonderful Holy Spirit who comes to live with us to guide and teach us! When we learn to operate by Heaven’s operating system, life becomes so much better than the life of the world’s system of death and sin. However, it takes time to learn this. If we don’t take time to learn this, life becomes frustrating and we tend to think the Christian walk is difficult and it’s better as a life of someone under the World’s lost system. But the old system has problems that remain unfixed. Life experiences go through many crashes and lock ups. Our day to day seems so slow and burdened down.
This is the very reason why so many converted Christians don’t have lives that differ from people still under the World’s system. One that remains dominated by sin and death. They have become converts and His children through the gift of Jesus Christ, but they have not learned to walk with God in His new way of Kingdom culture and experience His quality and efficiency of New Life. They find no overcoming power in their life because of this.
So, our societies remain ungodly and influenced by the world’s culture. These converts in Christ haven’t been Discipled and remain unlearned of what Kingdom (Heaven’s) culture is and how it operates and how to manifest it in & through their own life. Therefore they can’t bring change from their present society and culture to a higher way of Life in Christ! —-Can you say, “FRUSTRATION!” That’s what life is like as a convert without discipleship.
This my friend is why need to first become a Disciple and then second go and make Disciples! Jesus said in…
…Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
I encourage you to start today in a different way. If you’re not a true disciple and only a convert, stop right now and choose to take the hand of Jesus and his yoke (a joining together of lives) as a living disciple of Christ! Then you won’t walk through life alone without Heaven’s ability. He will remain by your side to help and aide you now in His higher way of Life of Abundance!
Pray this out loud:
Father help me to begin to walk with you as a Disciple. Today I choose to take the hand of the Master, Jesus my lord and Savior, as my Guide and Teacher. I choose to take His yoke for my life and to be Taught by him! Please teach me about your Kingdom and Your way of Life through your Word! I choose to read the bible and understand your words that communicate Heaven’s system of Abundant Life for me! I open my heart to learn from you and walk with you every day in Jesus name!
- Wonderful, I encourage you now: to spend time with God every day through prayer and reading His word to allow yourself to become a disciple of Christ by learning His commands and teachings. Ask him to teach you! (Here is a great App to use to read and have devotional studies each day – YouVersion Bible-)
- find a local church, ask God to show you one so you can learn and grow through attending each week. Start by visiting several in your community to find the specific one for you!
- connect with a local body of Christian friends that can help you grow and learn of Kingdom Culture and Life!
Start bringing change to your world and culture through Christ as a Disciple of Heaven’s operating system of Heavenly Life!