“Therefore, go.”My life has largely consisted of volunteering time to help and invest in others. Growing up in a volunteer firehouse, I learned a few things from the 30+ “other” dads I had there.
I learned that I had to trust the guys around me. I knew that if anything bad happened, they would come get me, no matter the cost.
I can imagine the silence and perhaps silent tears at the table, when Jesus told his disciples about the great sacrifice he was about to make, and explained that one of them would betray him. (Luke 22) Some of them were angry!! A few silent.
Like the guys at the firehouse looking out for each other, the disciples were willing to do anything to protect Jesus. Luke 22:49-51 even shows that the disciples attacked a slave, cutting off his ear when Jesus was arrested! But the Lord said “No more of this” and touched and healed the man’s ear!
In the end, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. Giving His life for the sins of mankind. His disciples were solid in their commitment to Him. Equipped with the Holy Spirit, they were dedicated to teach His word, even to their sometimes brutal deaths.
Unbeknownst to most of my “dads” at the fire station, they taught me three very important things. Not only relevant to the fire service, but directly related to reaching people for Christ.
1. Commitment. Being a follower of Christ requires you to be committed. This is not a “Sunday only” relationship.
2. Dedication. Like His followers back then, disciples today have to be dedicated to the call. What do I mean? It’s an all-in relationship. Being called a “Christian” is a title. Being a “Disciple” is a WAY OF LIFE! There is no highway option!
3. Brotherhood. The church is the bride of Christ! We exist for 4 reasons. 1. Evangelize the world. 2. Worship together. 3. Build a body of followers! 4. Demonstrate God’s love! Like the fire station to firefighters, the Church is our home away from home. It’s where we build each other up, and get prepared to reach a lost world TOGETHER!!
As Disciples, our top priority needs to be reaching others for Christ all the time! We can’t sit in the station and wait for the fire whistle to blow before we spring into action!!
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the 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. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20 NLT)
Until next week,