Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations….
Matthew 28:17 (A.S.V.)
We would not strain for a point here, but it is evident that we are to make disciples, not just believers. Of course, in the Early Church there were no distinctions; a believer was also a disciple and a witness. There we no taking Christ as Saviour now, as Lord later-maybe never. Men confessed with their mouths Jesus as Lord while they believed in their hearts.
But today churches are filled with “believers” who have never been made disciples. Some of them perform perfunctory religious duties, but they have never denied self, taken up the cross, and followed Christ. They have not been taught to observe all things commanded.
The early Christians believed, became disciples, and that sent them out as witnesses to make disciples of others.
We need to learn our Great Commission all over again.
Lost and Found
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Most of us are out to succeed, to achieve our own ends, to accomplish our own goals and aims. But God operates a Lost and Found Department, wherein a man loses himself in Another, exchanges self-realization for Christ-realization. It takes out all the fever and strain, the mad drive to reach some goal this crazy world has set, or some mark we have put up for ourselves. Today millions crack up in this insane scramble, but the man who lives for Christ’s sake finds by losing what others lose forever trying to find.
You will observe that Jesus said, “He that loseth his life for my sake.” Never forget that qualification. That rules out mere altruism and idealism. Martyrs in scientific research, men who lose themselves in music or art or medicine, soldiers on battlefields, do not necessarily come into this category. We must lose ourselves for His sake. Not even for religion’s sake – for His sake. We are inclined to take in too much territory here.
God’s “Lost and Found” operates “for Christ’s sake.”