Based on Matt. 28:16-20, the Great Commission:
1. The gospel is not just to get people into Heaven. Discipleship is not a choice, it's the mission. There is something lacking in each one of us until we become disciples and until we make disciples of others.
2. Discipleship is open to anyone willing to worship Jesus. Intellectual curiosity nor good works are not the ticket in; neither does doubt disqualifies one from worship.
3. At the place of worship Jesus makes us partners in his mission. He never intended the original 12 disciples to be the only ones: He wanted them to reproduce themselves. Amazingly, he intends the same for us as well.
Based on Rom. 8:29, God wants us to become like Jesus:
1. Discipleship is a process of becoming like Jesus. If we are disciples of Jesus, the Father has set a destination for each of us—Christlikeness!
2. Jesus is unique: the only begotten of the Father. Yet God send the same “Spirit of Adoption” into our hearts, who leads us to discover that our older brother is none other than the Lord of glory.
3. When we first heard the gospel, how many of us imagined the Father had a destination in mind better than Heaven itself?
Based on Matt. 11:27-29, Jesus’ Declaration on Believers:
1. Jesus is our ever present help towards Christlikeness. He himself offers to be our Guide and instructs us in the kind of life that flows from being with our Creator moment-by-moment.
2. We can simultaneously learn from Him and find rest in Him. Just like learning a new language, skill or life-habit, this involves hard work. Yet Jesus tells us that when we are in right relationship with Him, we will experience new life and refreshing at the same time. He alone offers that combination.
3. Human models of training and leadership depend on intelligence and worldly wisdom for their effectiveness. In this passage the King himself looks heavenward and gives thanks that the kids at the head of the class have no advantage over the rest of us. His offer to us all is simply to come to him. Who wouldn’t take a deal like that? (End of Hollenbach’s Comments)
Are you a growing disciple, or were you just after going to Heaven when you said you want Christ in your life? Check again if you have truly understood what it means to accept Christ as your Savior and Lord! ---nrm/03/15/2014.