Our lives are to be lived by embracing the two great commands of Jesus—Love God and love our neighbors. We can love our neighbors by making them into disciples. Jesus shows us how to do both. Such a life is born as we embrace the cruciform life. Embracing self-denial is the path to know God’s love and is the means to be fruitful in Jesus’ mission. Jesus embraced the cross and trusted his father all for the sake of love toward both the Father and those who are lost in the world. We can too.
Jesus is the eternal, divine son. He is also fully human. During his life, Jesus never relied upon his own divine authority or power but taught us how we can live—relying upon the goodness and power of the father. The call to make disciples is not something we do on our own. Like Jesus, we have our father’s kingdom at our disposal. He shows us how to do this work.
As a follower of Jesus, you have as your mission the great commission. The great commission is not about getting mere decisions for Christ, as important as they are. Instead, the great commission is walking, encouraging those around you to move from the chair they are sitting and move to the next chair. If we want to help people move chairs, make disciples, we need to look to Jesus and make disciples just like Jesus did. Jesus modeled a pattern for us to follow in making disciples. Jesus, 1) was committed to relational ministry (John 3:22), 2) invested in a few (the 12), 3) often prayed (45 examples of Jesus praying in gospels), 4) loved sinners, 5) balanced winning the lost, building believers and equipping workers.