“Pressing Toward the Mark…”
While on vacation I just got through reading a book titled DiscipleShift. The book raises and seeks to answer two key questions that I believe are critical to each of us as we seek to follow Christ. The first question: “What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?”
Obviously this question is critical because we realize that this is what God has called us to. We are called to be disciples of Jesus. Only disciples enter in to a relationship with the Living God that begins now and goes into eternity. If we are not disciples, we are alienated from God and from the life that He gives. So how would you answer the question?
The second question is really a follow up to the first. If the most important question is “What does it mean to be a disciple?” and the calling of His Church is to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20) how do we know as a Church if we are fulfilling this calling? What are the characteristics of a Church that is truly “making disciples?” When discipleship becomes the aim both individually and corporately what are the evidences of this new reality?
Instead of trying to answer these questions in this brief article or giving you some of the answers given in the book, I challenge you to think about them and how you might answer them? Are you a disciple of Jesus? How do you know? What does that look like in your life? What about the body of Christ at Fluvanna? Are we a church full of disciples who are making disciples? What are the evidences that you would point to? How can we make sure that this is our aim and that we are growing in this direction? Let’s join together to pursue Christ’s great calling of discipleship on our lives individually and together!