Whose Mission

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Fishers-of-Men

He looked at the fisherman, this carpenter, and said, “Put your boat out a little deeper and cast your nets that we might draw some fish.” Crusty Simon, weary from the long futile night before, said, “Lord, we have fished all night and caught nothing, but at your word, we will.” When the nets were immediately filled with fish to the point of almost breaking, and having motioned to his partners on shore to assist, Simon fell at Jesus’ feet saying, “Depart from me Lord, I am a great sinner.’

At that Jesus said, “Come and follow me, I will make you a fisher of men.” There are three interesting characteristics of this call to discipleship. We are called to follow Jesus, and we are to adopt His mission of fishing for men. But notice sandwiched in between, Jesus says, “I will make you.” There it is, this transformational process of discipleship. Jesus on mission makes us disciples.

Now watch what He says in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Here Jesus calls his disciples to understand and participate in His Mission. As the Father sent Him to call men and women to follow Him, so that He might make them disciples, He has commissioned us to do the same. In fact, very clearly He says in Matt. 28:18-20, “Go and make disciples of every people group in the world.”

So for every Christian this day I ask, “Whose mission” are you devoting your life to fulfilling? Are you living out your dreams and goals? Are you doing what you decided you want to do? Have you chosen some aspect of the Christian faith, even, and focused on that?

It seems to me that we have been called to participate in His Mission. Jesus has called us to be about His business. He didn’t say to Peter, “On this rock, you are to build My church.” Jesus is the Church Builder. We are to make disciples.
If we busy ourselves, making disciples in accord with the New Testament Word of God, He will gather them into churches as a part of that process.

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