Are you living out your purpose as a Christian?
We have complicated what it means to be a Christian. This is a paralyzing truth that leaves us just that: paralyzed. Perhaps we read various books, scroll through numerous blogs and articles online, and listen to opinionated people give their opinion; walking away from it all with a cloudy, congested understanding of what it means to be a Christian.
What does this do to us?
It forces our hand to do absolutely nothing.
Perhaps we have grown lazy in our faith. Or maybe we get so lost in the thick of what it means to be a Christian, that we lose sight of our true purpose. Let’s fix that.
Our purpose as Christians is not to go through a Bible study with someone.
Our purpose as Christians is not to take the Lord’s Supper once a week.
Our purpose as Christians is not to know the Bible.
Our purpose as Christians is not to go to church.
Our purpose as Christians is not to baptize people.
Our purpose as Christians is to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
Reread that purpose once more. Better yet, let me copy and paste it for your right here: go and make disciples of all nations. Until we become laser-focused on this purpose, we will consistently feel paralyzed and consistently will do absolutely nothing.
Keep in mind, all the “nots” listed above are means by which we accomplish our purpose, however do not get lost in the means to the end. Focus whole-heartedly on the main purpose, the commission of the resurrected Messiah, the fuel that should drive us forward.
Are you making disciples?
That’s a scary question. Likelihood is that you are not. And you most likely have a reason, because I have used them all myself:
You just moved and are still settling down.
You are working on a big project at work that needs your full attention right now.
You are not in a right place at the moment and need to do some inward workings first.
It’s busy season for your family, so maybe in a couple months.
You don’t feel equipped enough.
Reread those words from Jesus once more: “go and make disciples of all nations.” This is not conditioned (when you’re spiritually equipped), this is not convenient (when it fits your schedule). This is your purpose. “go and make disciples of all nations.”
If you are a member of the Vero Beach Church of Christ, this is what the ‘Vine Project’ is all about. This is one of the reasons I was hired (not that I am anything special regarding this). This is why the leadership keeps talking about “changing the culture.” This is what the ‘big project’ that’s just around the corner is focused on!
We are realigning ourselves with our Christian purpose: to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Everything that we do will be aimed at accomplishing that goal; everything we do will be in equipping you to go out and make disciples with confidence and boldness.
I hope that creates something inside of you: anticipation, excitement, nervousness, frustration, anything! I hope this pushes you; moves you out of your current state of living. We were not designed to grow stagnant. We were not designed to be satisfied with the current status of the world or our living. We should be desiring a transformation: of ourselves and of others.
Let’s return to our purpose as Christians.
Let’s “go and make disciples of all nations.”