Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Obedient Christ Followers

Being light and salt should produce disciples.

Matthew 5:13  "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14  "You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Matthew 28:19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Our number one job while we are here on this planet is to make disciples, no that's not something that the pastor or the church leaders are supposed to do, that's the job of every Christ follower without exceptions.

It is a sad state that the church is in today, despite a hand full off mega-churches, overall the church is downsizing. We are not making that many converts and the ones that we do get have a high dropout rate. Those that say that they are Southern Baptist number in the millions, but so what if only 37 percent are present on any given Sunday.

We have lost our effectiveness, most of us are not doing a very good job of being salty or being light, how much growth would God's kingdom have if the early church and the disciples were as effective as we are today?

Everything that I say and do needs to shine out so that God will be glorified, help me Lord to be a shining city on a hill, help me to encourage my church family to grow as a true Christ following disciple.

John 8:12  Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."