A friend of mine is writing a book as he takes “A Closer Look At The Great Commission.” You see, he recognizes our need to produce Disciples for our Lord. THAT is how His Kingdom advances and spreads throughout the world. My friend has given me the honor of editing his publican and when it is completed, I will send you the links. So far, I have read three of the chapters and I assure you that it will enrich and challenge your faith!
Something I have always taught is that if we choose to follow Jesus, we may (and often will) experience difficulties and conflicts with our closest relationships. People are people and we have our own “issues” to resolve. However, whenever we do experience such conflicts, our Lord fully expects us to find a solution to those conflicts, at least in our own hearts. No, we can’t change the other person’s heart, but we can fix our own. I can safely say this because being a disciple, means personal, passionate devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ!
My friends, there is a “YUGE” difference between being devoted to a person (such as the King of our Father’s Kingdom) and being devoted to a principle (irrespective of how profound it is) or even to a cause. Our Lord never presented a cause! Instead, He offered personal devotion to Himself. What I am saying is that for us to be a disciple requires that are devoted bondservants who are motivated by LOVE. Specifically, love for our Messiah!
Sadly, many of those who claim to be Christian, have never discovered this. No one has been born with the ability to hold this passionate love for Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has given it to him! Sure, we might admire, respect, and consider Him to be a really nice person, but there is no way we can love Him on our own. The only One who truly loves the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit, and, as Paul wrote, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts [How?] by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). And, whenever the Holy Spirit sees an opportunity to glorify Jesus through you, He will take your entire being and set you ablaze with glowing devotion to Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
To be His disciple is to learn from Him; to imitate Him! And I assure you that Jesus was never inconsistent in His relationship to His Father, and we must remain consistent in our relationship to the Son of the Living God, Jesus THE Christ! We won’t be consistent with any strict, unyielding doctrines. No way! We will be eternally devoted to our Lord and King: Jesus Christ!
So, where are you today? Do you burn with a passion for our Lord? Or do you simply limp your way through the day? Is His Spirit alive in you or simply a nagging voice in your ear? Today you can choose to have that glorious relationship, or to live in a state of misery.