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… And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Some may say the most important word in this passage, is the word Go. People will tell us all about the tense and the intention of this word, in the original text.
Personally, I believe that the driving force behind this Great Commission is somewhere else.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
Once again, we are confronted by the relationship between what discipleship teaches, and the practices it encourages. And what really surprises me is the fact that this disciples were doing the right things in such a natural way, that even they found it surprising when the Lord told them of their accomplishments. Talking about a natural and authentic life style. Continue Reading
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
The CEO of a company I used to work for had an “open door policy.” He told us, at an employee meeting, that any one could come into this office at any time, to discussed any topic related to the company.
It was really a great policy.
And it was a policy no one felt comfortable using, because despite all his best efforts, we all knew how demanding it was to deal directly with the CEO.
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Quick : What is the most challenging part of the current discipleship process you are following? It doesn’t matter if we are talking about the process you are using for your own formation, or if it’s the one you are taking others through.
Unfortunately, most of the time, this question will be answered with something related to what the disciple must know, something that goes into her head.
If only things were as simple as acquiring new knowledge.
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant
Do you want to know what’s in your heart, for real? Do you want to see if you are cultivating others into disciples of Christ?
The secret is to server others.
Call those you are helping with their Spiritual Transformation, to serve other people – specially people that are not like them – and to serve them in a humble way.
Put yourself in a situation to serve others. I’m not necessarily talking about the people you are already serving; you may already be way to comfortable with them. You also need to be challenge to serve people form other cultures, always with humility.
When the human heart humbly serves others, it clearly exposes its priorities. Service also helps to expose the hope that is withing that heart, and its source of joy.
Wouldn’t you want to know?
Wouldn’t you like to take a look at what is inside your own heart, and inside the hearts of those you are cultivating into humble followers of Jesus Christ?
Then, step out of your own culture in service, for God’s glory and for the benefit of others,
For you to consider.
What is the biggest obstacle for this kind of service?
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
There are many things that go into making disciples. There is a lot of planing, resourcing, scheduling. And so many times all these layers of ministry could be a real distraction, a way to forget about what we are dealing with.
This is the work of our God. We are only the servants.
All the impossibilities presented in this chapter are resolved with one single statement : For God, there is no impossibles.
Of course, this is not an invitation to through our arms up in the air, declaring Lo Que Sera, Sera! On the contrary, this is an invitation to trust in God, and to be in expectation – even when everything else is telling us that He will not show up – to see Him in action.
Yes, all the planning and preparation and scheduling are important, and they do have their part in discipleship. But do not forget that what we are trying to accomplish, i.e. the restoration of our heart, and the hearts of those around us, back to God, is pretty much an impossible task.
An impossible task for us.
Not for God.
For you to consider.
What outcome from the discipleship process you are involved with, would clearly show you that it was God, and not you, who made it happen?
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
It happens in the best of discipleship approaches. And it’s not particular to one stage of Spiritual Transformation or another.
We all do it.
Excuses to justify our incapability to measure up to God’s standards, with the sincere intention to make us look as good as possible and, at the same time, deflect as much guilt as we could.
In this chapter the Lord reminds us of the solution. We shows us how to remove those smokescreens, refocusing not on the performance we would like to emphasizes, but in the real condition of the human heart.
He focused back to His truth.
It’s all about His standard.
It’s all about His grace.
It’s about how much we really need him. For everything.
If we are real recipients of His grace, we wouldn’t be concern about trying to impress Him with our performance.
For you to consider.
How could you help others, when they make try to set up their own standards, replacing God’s? How have you been helped when doing that yourself?