Recruiting Not Harvesting
Verse 20 “…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Yesterday we started talking about how Jesus has called us to be making disciples for Him. Today we dig a little bit deeper into that thought.
We often take the Great Commission as a command about evangelizing but in truth it is more long term than that. The word translated ‘make disciples’ is the Greek word, mathéteuó (math-ayt-yoo'-o). This word is defined as helping someone to mature in the faith. This isn’t just about getting them into the kingdom of God it is about growing them in their faith. It is about training and teaching so that a believer can grow in their belief and Christian lifestyle.
This concept of the Great Commission is not just something we should be aiming at those that are still in the world. This is an important, daily activity of the Church. And this is the important part that we often miss, this isn’t about adding to the Church as much as it is about growing the Church. The great commission isn’t about dragging as many people as you can to Jesus, it is about helping each other know more about who Christ is so that we are all growing in the faith daily.
None of this would matter if Jesus hadn’t risen from the dead. Learning, teaching and supporting each other in the family of God would be useless and a waste of time since He wouldn’t be worthy of our worship as God in the flesh. You see, if Jesus had stayed in the tomb and let His body decompose just like any other body there would be no reason to disciple others or be discipled ourselves.
The truth is this act of making disciples should be the very natural result of learning about His being raised from the dead. Knowing that He came back to life should help us see the truth of who He is, Jesus, the God-man and the redeemer of mankind. Had He not died, we would still be responsible for the payment of our sin. Had He not risen to life again, we would have no hope of eternal life after physical death. This is the hope that we are to share and that which will draw people to Him. It is this knowledge of eternal life that should be driving us to disciple each other and those that are coming to Christ through our interactions with them.
Making It Personal
Is His being alive hard for you to accept? How active are you in living out the Great Commission? How well do you take someone trying to disciple you?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to help someone grow closer to Jesus? How do you help your friends know Jesus better? Do you have friends that help you grow closer to Jesus?
Father, thank You for calling us into Your kingdom. Help us grow to be healthy in our relationship with You and each other. In Jesus’ name, amen.