And What Did Christ Call Us For?
by Cynthia Buhain-Baello
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The Church today is a contraption with so many minute parts working around and about but it accomplishes nothing of the kingdom purposes for which Christ had called it.
Many people superficially believe Christ and attend church but they never become fruitful, meaning they never reproduce their own kind. Worst, some have attended church for years but never know how to share the Gospel and cannot do Discipleship. Many rely on the pastor to do their praying for them and when asked to pray for one another, they become speechless, unable to express a conversation with God.
The modern church today is stagnant because of these P's:
1. Props (outward appearance)
2. Performance(eloquence empty of power,hyped music)
3. Position (numerous staff doing numerous duties)
4. Prestige (popular speakers, celebrities)
5. Programs (numerous programs that never transform)
All of these P's equate to another P = Pride.
The calling of Christ has turned into fruitless activity that bear no lasting result. The rebirth may be there but the transformation has been sadly slow and unfruitful.
The world today has ceased to look upon the Christian as a beacon of light, salt of the earth that causes its surroundings to be "salty". We have lost focus of the reason why Christ called us in the first place - that is to influence those around us towards the Light that is Jesus Christ. We have been diverted by so many mundane activities that have now made us "play church" and not BE the church. Just as Titus 1:16 -"having the form but not the power."
Activity will keep the church busy but not productive. It will keep her occupied but not fruitful. Christians need to realize the time is running out and we need to get on with the harvest, train and equip the new believers, and get rid of the "feel good" type of Christianity that is anchored on "prosperity" and not the advancement of God's kingdom. We were called not for the wealth of this world but for the souls that need the Light of the Gospel.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you." (Matthew 28:19-20).
1.)The last command of Jesus Christ was to "go" meaning to go where the Lost are, it means going out of our own comfort zones to reach out and connect with people who need Christ. These Lost are in every area of our lives: at the office, in the neighborhood, in school, or in the supermarket. We talk to them and try to create a bond of friendship just like what Jesus did, with the end of sharing how they can have a relationship with God. Jesus always rooted His relationships with love and compassion, and genuine caring. He cared so much for the souls of the people that He met.
2)The second part of that command is "make disciples" because Jesus meant that after a person has been born again, he will be guided and mentored into maturity and growth by another (us) until he is able to walk and reproduce - share the Gospel himself and disciple another new believer. We do not share the Gospel and leave the baby Christian to himself -perhaps to grow or perhaps to die in spiritual abortion. Discipleship is not an option, it is a mandate.
Discipleship requires the investment of our time and our consistent efforts to pray and follow-up the person in his walk. Although God has began the work in him, a new believer still needs a real friend to help him read the Word, guide him in times of trials, and keep praying for him (interceding). We can always learn from the example of Jesus Christ, our LORD, and from the life Paul & Timothy.
Christian work involves the sharing of the Gospel actively (Connection) doing Discipleship continuously (Construction) until the baby Christian has reproduced (Commission) and we have grandchildren in Christ (Completion).
So, Christian, who are you discipling right now?
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We have a prophetess in our midst.
Our LORD calls us by name; HE calls us to walk worthy of HIS calling, HIS grace, HIS glory and HIS Name!!
Thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.