18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB)
During our month of vision casting in January, I had the opportunity to preach on the mission of the church. Our mission comes straight from the Great Commission in Matthew 28. In this text, Jesus called every disciple to go and make more disciples. What this means for us today is that every follower of Christ is actively engaging with fellow believers to grow deeper in their understanding of who Christ is and experiencing joy and satisfaction in a way that is impossible by any other means.
Clearly every Christian is called to make disciples of Christ, but are we? Or are we perhaps making disciples of something else? We all have a purpose or a goal in life, and as we pursue that goal we are in effect discipling people to join us in our mission. Whatever my passion is, my life will reflect that passion. If I love movies, then my time, conversations, and wealth will be invested in movies. I will naturally befriend or encourage those around me to be movie lovers as well.
Christ has called us to invest our time, conversations, and wealth into his mission, which is restoring man’s relationship with God through repentance of sin and faith in Christ. There will always be temptation to pursue our own passions, but would you reject those desires and instead let your passion be the passion of Christ, and encourage those around you share in that passion?