There’s this piece at the end of the Gospel of Matthew we’ve called, “The Great Commission”.
Have you heard of it? It’s crystal clear. Jesus was adamant: “GO! Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!”
Many churches cling to the robust vision.
Only problem? We’re not very good at it.
There’s a reason why too–making disciples is countercultural.
The definitive human touch required is patience. Patience is something we don’t seem to have.
Our culture says, “You want? TAKE NOW! NOW! NOW! NOW!
It’s harder to wait….to unproductive to linger….so boring to listen….
We need to stop.
Here’s an answer to our discipleship woes.
Your love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Or at least it’s a good start.