Making Disciples Through Relationships
How do we follow the path of the great commission? How do we go and make disciples?
Two great questions. One simple answer. Relationship.
How does this relate to The Line In The Sand?
There are two distinctive qualities of a great commission disciple-maker. First, this person is broken and humble. He is washed fresh daily in the renewal of his reverence for God's greatest gift of all - His Love.
God's love spills out over this person, and as he is washed clean once again, the joy reigns complete, and the heart breaks with the intensity of what God has done for him, personally.
This is where "the line in the sand" becomes important. This event has happened for and been experienced by - the one person. This experience, in turn, creates the burning of a fire in the center of the soul that literally ignites an incredible passion. It can be explained as the passion of Christ, and what He has done for this individual person. Right there on their side of the line in the sand, Jesus met them and purified their heart, washed clean because of His sacrifice.
So far, this has happened on one side of the line in the sand. However it has begun with RELATIONSHIP! The individual has experienced a personal relationship with the Savior Himself. It is that personal relationship that creates the initial desire for anyone to, "Go and make disciples of the nations."
The second quality that sets this person apart is the sense of urgency to share the news. You've heard it before, "Repent, for the end is near!"
The early church sensed that the end was near, and when eternity is placed in the correct context, that can only be true. The mere 70 (or so) years that most people have to live their lives is actually [nothing] when compared to infinity. It is explained as the blink of an eye in many different contexts. Even non-believers think of life as passing fairly quickly.
So... Because the Savior has entered into a personal relationship with a believer, and because the JOY is so great, and because the gift of His Grace and Mercy is so amazing, and the fire is burning with the urgency of a near-end-time... The disciple desires to share the Good News in relationship with others!
Go and do likewise...
Author of The Line in The Sand