Accountable to God: Day 56

March 27, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Today’s Key Thought: What’s the main thing? Making disciples!

The imperative or command verb in Matthew 28:19 is the verb translated “teach” which comes from the Greek word transliterated “mathatusate” which literally means “make disciples”.  Let me say it more simply:  The command here is to make disciples while the words “baptizing” and “teaching” after that are the results of what “making disciples” looks like.

Let’s think very carefully about what it means to make a disciple.  The word disciple means “learner” or “follower”.  Remember who Jesus is talking to in this verse.  Say it with me class:  “The disciples!”  What had Jesus just spent 3 years doing with them?  He taught them what to do verbally.  He showed them what to do visibly.  He sent them to do what He had taught and watched them do it.  He had empowered the whole process with His finished work on the cross to pay for the sin of the whole world.  He had promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to be a part of this process.

So Jesus had very clearly illustrated and taught what he meant when he said make disciples.  We help people that are not following Jesus to follow Him.  To do this they must first turn from their sin to Jesus for forgiveness.  This is the most important decision anyone can ever make.  Jesus called this being “born again.”  This is the critical and beginning part of making disciples.

Application:

According to the Bible, what happens to someone if they do not ask for forgiveness for their sin?  Forgiveness is available.  People just need to know that it is offered.  We must be the ones to share this news with the world!


Accountable to God: Day 55

 

March 26, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Today’s Key Thought:
 We are accountable to go!

 

It had been a grueling week.  The disciples had seen their Messiah die and felt the anguish as the thought that evil had triumphed.  It may have even entered their mind that they had been unwise to leave their lives to follow Jesus who eventually just died.  And yet, then they felt the joy of seeing the most incredible thing to happen in all of history.  This Jesus, who they had given their lives to follow, came back to life.  They had seen him raise others back to life, and now they saw that He had defeated even His own death.  Can you imagine being the disciples?  Talk about going from hopelessness to complete joy!  It must have been incredible.

 

Jesus then spends some time with them.  He gets to their last conversation.  All the teaching had come to this.  He said, “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth…”  That word “power” also has the idea of authority.  I’m sure the disciples believed Him when He made that statement.  Surely they though, “Yes you do have all authority!  You are God and have defeated sin and death!”  Based on this authority (“therefore”), He gives them a command.  He tells them to “teach” or make disciples of “all nations.”  We’ll look at the “teach” or make disciples part tomorrow.  Today, I want us to think about this idea of going to all nations.

 

Jesus commanded the disciples and us to make disciples in all nations or people group.  Now let me ask you a question:  How many nations, or with how many cultures can you go to in at once?  Of course the answer is that you can only be one nation at a time.  Jesus wasn’t asking these disciples to individually go to every nation, but he was asking them to collectively go to every nation.  That happens by each one “making disciples” wherever they go.  No people group is exempt, and no follower of Jesus is exempt from this command.  Anything Christ commanded us to do we will be held accountable for!

 

Application:

 

This may be the most important stewardship that we have because this is the mission for which Jesus came, and this is the mission that He sent us on.  Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.  Let me ask you this question- Is there a time in your schedule, or behavior in your life where you can honestly say that you are part of the disciple making process?  When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone?


Accountable to God: Day 23

 

February 8, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 6:24-33
Today’s Key Thought:  A wise steward of their time prioritizes their time.

 

In today’s text Jesus is preaching and teaching.  He tells his audience not to worry about how they will get food, get clothing or make money.  Here is my question:  Does this literally mean that Jesus was telling them not to plan?  Of course not!  Jesus was not teaching against planning, rather He was teaching against making these temporary earthly issues the only things that we think about to the degree that this is what our lives become.  Jesus tells them that God knows what we need and then he goes on to tell them this incredible verse:  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Jesus says that we need to spend much more time thinking about Him and His kingdom than we think about ourselves and our kingdom.

 

Application:

 

How does this apply to our time?  Well according to Jesus we’ve got to prioritize some things over others.  We ought to prioritize things that are eternal over things that are temporary.  As you pay attention and take account of your time, are you seeing a trend towards prioritizing godly things or temporary things?



Accountable to God: Day 17

January 31, 2012
Today’s Text:  Read Acts 20:28, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Matthew 20:28
Today’s Key Thought: God has purchased every believer out of slavery to sin.

Not only has God created you on purpose, but God has saved you on purpose.  God chose in His plan to send His Son to die on the cross for your sins.  The Bible says in Acts 20:28 that we were purchased by the blood of His Son. Stop and think about that for a moment.  Jesus bled and died so that you can be redeemed or bought back.  He made you, and if you have put your faith and trust in Him for your salvation then He redeemed you as well.  This means that you are twice His.  Once by creation, and once through salvation.    Think about these song lyrics:

“You spread out the skies over empty space,
said “Let there be light”
Into a dark and formless world Your light was born.
You spread out Your arms over empty  hearts
said “Let there be light”
Into a dark and hopeless world Your Son was born.
You made the world and saw that it was good.
You sent Your only Son for you are good.
What a wonderful Maker!
What a wonderful Savior!…”

Application:
We are now twice owned by God.  He made us.  He redeemed us.  He allows us to enjoy all of His Creation.  He allows us to enjoy Him.  Today, think about what a right response to this should be!