What was your first experience with Jesus? Was it church? Camp? Sunday School? Or was it someone you know offering a way to Heaven with a prayer? I know it was the prayer that lured me to God. I can still recall the night when I asked my dad, at age 5, if he would help me ask Jesus into my heart. The fact of the matter was I didn’t want to go to Hell. I wanted to see my family and friends in Heaven and not live in a state of eternal damnation. I wanted to LIVE. Right away I was on a mission. I can remember talking to one of my friends under the big slide when I was in Kindergarten, telling him that all he had to do was pray a prayer… And he did! I also remember standing in front of my class every year and sharing Scripture passages for show and tell. I was on fire for God because I didn’t want people, who I cared about, to go to Hell.
I wonder where that spark went? Is it because I am too afraid to tell people about the reality of their sin? I am afraid of losing my witness to others because they would see me as a “Bible thumper”? Whatever the reason, I have been awaken again! This message from David Platt really hit me at the right time. (Watch the video)
I desire a generation that loves making disciples again! To not be afraid of what the world might think of them. I want to see a generation with a passion for God that rivals the early church! God is moving our church in a direction that may be considered “radical” for some. While that might be true, I believe it is simply getting back to what Jesus originally meant when he sent HIS disciples out to spread the good news of the Gospel. We are out to make disciples who make disciples who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This is what we want to be about as a church. Praying a prayer is NOT what saves you. Being a disciple is what God desires for our lives. Christ’s work on the cross is what saves us. We have to respond with our lives. There are no innocent people anymore. We have to take our job as Christians, “little Christ’s”, seriously. We were not made to sit on the bench and watch the world crumble. We are being called into battle for the glory of God.
I dare you to start becoming a true disciple of Christ.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul”. (Matthew 16:24-26)