Jesus, you know, everybody’s “homeboy,” (and incidentally, God the Son) commanded those who would follow Him to cause others to follow Him. He said, “[since] all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Since I actually follow Jesus, I don’t take His commands as suggestions or requests, but as commands. Making disciples means causing people to become disciplined followers of Jesus. Notice how Jesus clearly defines how you’ll know when you’ve made a disciple… they come from anywhere and become baptized as their first act of obedience… then proceed to continue learning, from disciple(s) teaching them, to obey everything else He commands. Then Jesus does something radical. He links His closeness/togetherness/support/validation/affirmation with our obedience to His commands. It’s like Jesus is saying, “You go help and teach people to follow Me and I’ll stick with you as you do it… forever.” I get the feeling He simultaneously means, “If you don’t make disciples, don’t expect to see or experience as much of Me.”
The service provided here is intended to do just that… make disciples, teach people what Jesus commands, inspire anyone interested to follow Jesus in obedience, and thereby cause those devoted, diligent, disciplined followers of Jesus to inherit every inch of their individual (and corporate) promised lands, as part of God’s glorious family.
I’m glad you’re here. May you hear God’s truth in His voice through the words I choose to present. And as you, with ears intent on hearing, hear, may faith rise in your hearts to ever more closely follow Jesus… in Whose name I pray, amen.