Weekly Message: Making Disciples

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:9-14

We understand the importance of making disciples. Spiritual fathers teach us—mentor us—in this truth, a vital link to personal power and also an extension of power to the whole congregation. The believer’s assignment is to “make disciples” and, because believers are prophetic, discipleship builds mature congregations of individuals trained to do according to their gifts and call. Every one—not one or two or some . . . all!

Each person is uniquely gifted by God to not only create both personal benefit and also build the Kingdom of God here, on earth as it is in heaven!  The resulting possibility is unique. Philosophies, religions and belief systems abound but none compare to the Christian’s individual worth: Christ in you the hope of glory.

In fact, Gospel opponents struggle with the notion that even they possess a supernatural, divinely gifted, platform for greatness. For them life is contained only in something for which they take full credit rather than the Lord’s love gift to them, ready and waiting for them to receive.

Every person is gifted by God. Not just some people and not just the educated or affluent or positioned ones. God-inspired, wonderfully made, and filled with redemptive potential, every human being is prophetically qualified and destined for excellence according to personal, unique gifts from the Creator God.

(Adopted from Shirley Weaver’s Daily Devotional)