So you became a believer by the grace of God, and you are certain that Jesus is your only way to the Father. He is your source of joy, hope, peace, strength, and so much more! Even in the hard times of life, you will be renewed in the hope that He will restore His people. “Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert” (Isaiah 35:6).
So what do we do next? Inspired and compelled by His redeeming love, we can’t just keep this life-changing relationship with Jesus to ourselves… Surely we must share the reason for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). We must be prepared in and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2). After all, isn’t this what Jesus has commanded us to do? Let’s look at his words from Matthew.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
What an incredible truth! There are sooo many things to point out here. The most recent realization that I had about this passage though, came a few weekends ago in a sermon. When Pastor Tim at NBC read this passage of scripture, he stopped and said, “Look, did Jesus say that we need to go and make converts? No, he told us to make disciples!”
What he is referring to through this statement is that we are not called to see how many people that we can “win to/for Jesus.” Instead, we must seek to grow and develop these new believers, so that they will also go out and live for the cause of Christ.
Over the next few days, I’ll be praying that the Lord would reveal ways that I need to invest in others–both non-believers and believers! Hopefully you will join me in this prayer, as well. We can pray while walking around the office building, walking to class, looking through the contacts in our phones, and so many other places.
It’s been such a joy to write to you again. I pray that God would draw near to you and that you would feel the light of His love and mercy shining upon you. Remember… the victory has already been won. We know the end of the story, so let’s live by that confidence that we now have through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! (Hebrews 6:17-20)
Praying your day is filled with SONshine,