Ever wondered why you’re on this earth? Ever wondered what your ultimate purpose in life is? I know there were times when I did, until the day I met Jesus and all that changed. It should also change for you if you know Jesus. Notice, I didn’t say God, because that is too generic these days. Those who know the God of Jesus Christ all have the same purpose and destiny in this life. Guess what it is? Let’s let John 14:12 speak to the question.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.”
You and I are the next chapter in the life and ministry of Jesus. You and I were created to finish what Jesus began. Not only that, we will take his work even farther than he did! What a challenge. What a privilege.
And what did Jesus begin that we are to finish? Let’s let Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8 speak to that:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore 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 observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
“And you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Luke 19:10 says “For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus came to seek and save the lost. And our job is to finish what he started. So we exist to seek and save the lost. We are to make disciples. We are to be his witnesses – everywhere, and with everyone. It’s that simple.
And yet every study shows that there are about 85 to 86 church members for every baptism in a church. Something is wrong. Are only 15% of professing church members really Christians? Surely this can’t be correct … but sadly it is.
So what are you going to about it? What can you do about it?
Discipleship is the answer, not church membership. Discipleship has two components – content and on-the-job training. There are many good curricula available for purchase, but none of them are as good as your mentoring. As I often say, “you are the curriculum.” A curriculum should be used only as a supplement to mentoring. Here are some of the better ones.
Question: How do you live out Jesus’ call to make disciples? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.