It really has not sunk in yet. It has been a year since my Leadership Development Institute (LDI) Training. Facebook algorithm has been on-point in showing me throwback photos from that month-long, once-in-a-lifetime discipleship training. This year’s LDI schedule also prompted me of how the year went by so fast.
One of my major take-aways from the training was the Re-entry Plan, a three-year guide that we, the trainees, have personally and prayerfully committed to prior disembarkation to our designated ministry areas. The Re-entry Plan is intended to help us track and evaluate ministry progress with the vision of Christ in mind. But the motives behind it is really to fervently pray, plan, prepare and practice by faith our daily walk in the Lord in light of the Great Commission.
In Matthew 7:15, fake Christians are said to come “in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Hence, the warning of Jesus in verse 21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
God repeatedly warns every professing believer of Jesus to be very careful in making sure that their professed faith is authentic inside and out, objectively and personally. He even shares in verse 23 what He will say to fake Christians when He meets them face to face in judgment: “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
To go and make disciples of all nations, as told in Matthew 28:18-20, is not a Christian regulation we can either follow or neglect whenever we want to or feel like it. To go and make disciples of all nations is a non-negotiable duty given by the Lord Jesus Himself to those who profess to believe in Him.
But how come many professing believers of Jesus still do not make disciples? How come many Christians remain comfortable being churchgoers instead of disciple-makers? How come many Christians have heard about this but only a few respond to it? Why does it seem like Christ’s Great Commission is an optional mission for many?
Imagine that you are an eye. No matter how beautiful your shape is or how mesmerizing your color is, if you are not connected to the body, alone perhaps on the floor, you will look creepy. You will be of no use and eventually die a natural death.
This goes the same to a Christian. No matter how seemingly strong a faith of a Christian is, if he is not connected to the body, which is the church, alone perhaps on his own, he will look isolated. He will be of no use and eventually dry up (or worse, die) spiritually.
Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Many Christians today are like Martha. They know what to do to please God (e.g., make an effort to show up for fellowship, serve others, rush to share the gospel to people, sing songs of praise and worship, etc.). But they neglect what truly matters above all the doing – that is, being with Jesus Himself.