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Most of you have not heard this, I want you to listen to me, think about what we are going to talk about. This is VISION Sunday; this is where we write what we are doing here. Visions are very important. If you shoot at nothing you’ll hit it every time. That’s why the Bible says to write the VISION, make it plain, so those who read it can run with it. We’re going to look at one word and one verse today, when you go out of here, I want you to know what that word means and I want you to chew on it for the next few days.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. KJV
Disciple – (Note: the word “teach” is used in the above KJV, “make disciples” is used in the NKJV version)
#1 A disciple is somebody that has been absolutely captured by a person. Captivated, enamored with one person.
#2 A disciple is somebody who aches to be like the person who has captured them. They want to be like them.
#3 To do that you have to study this person. You can’t be like somebody until you study them. And that’s why the Bible said, “teaching them”. A disciple is somebody that studies one person, everything you can find out about them you study. Like if they wrote a book about themselves you’d read it.
#4 They live to imitate this person. They live to be the picture of this person in the earth.
Literally the word disciple means copycat. Brian gave us a fan verses disciple example, if you’re still a fan you’re not a disciple yet. What is a disciple? That’s someone who has abandoned themselves completely to one person like the example Brian gave.
Brain shared, I have one mission on this earth, to make DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ. When I stand before God Almighty I’m going to give an account and he’s only interested in one number. It’s not how many showed up, what did He tell me to do? Make disciples, that’s the only number we’ll talk about one day, because that’s all we’ll get credit for. To become a disciple of Jesus, not a Christian, not a church member, but a disciple of Jesus, Jesus said before you do this, set down and count the cost. If I am to become a disciple of Jesus I’m going to have to study Him, someone’s going to have to teach me how to live out this man’s life. If I’m going to become a disciple of Christ, I’m going to have to start loving Jesus.
Here’s where we divide the crowd. If I’m going to be a disciple of Jesus, am I going to have to do more than love Jesus? Am I going to have to be sort of enamored with this guy? Like, any man who loves father or mother, son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. That is beyond love that’s BIG right there isn’t it?
I’m going to have to study Jesus, obviously. That’s why there are 4 Books in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Study over and over this man and by accident you’ll become like him. Lo, I am with you always, is there. I’m going to have to start living to look like Jesus and acting like Jesus. My goal is for people to see Jesus, that’s my passion. If I decide to follow Jesus, am I going to have to surrender my personality, and my plans? Let me say it like John said it, am I going to have to decrease so He can increase? Two people can’t sit on one throne. So something’s got to give there and I’m just going to live to make Jesus famous.
How am I going to do that? This is so simple.
1896, a minister wrote a book, one verse that transformed a man, a church, a city and inspired one of the top all time selling books. He read this verse and the Spirit of God came to him and he decided why don’t we do what the Bible says?
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Called, created with a purpose, to “follow his steps”. The book, In His Steps was written by Charles M. Sheldon.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
I’m going to ask you to do this. I get credit for one thing, #1 did I follow “in His steps”, and did I make disciples who follow in His steps? Got to choose to do it. Got to study. Got to do it. I started studying this man.
Did Jesus love people? Did Jesus like people? Guess what I have to do now?
Did Jesus enjoy being around people? Guess what I’ve got to start doing?
When people messed up did Jesus forgive people freely and quickly? Guess what I have to do now?
This is following in His steps. Means to practice exactly what Jesus did.
Did Jesus accept people just like they were? Guess what I’ve got to start doing? I’ve got to practice this.
Did Jesus hang around with really sinful people? Hookers, crooks, and refuse to go to ministerial meetings? Did He?
Did Jesus Christ develop a few close friendships in God that were dear to Him? Was Jesus an absolute radical?
Was He an encourager? Did Jesus laugh and rejoice a lot? Did Jesus feed hungry people? That’s what I’m going to start doing.
Did Jesus pray much? Did He pray in simple terms from His heart to His Father? Guess what I’m going to start doing?
This is what it means to follow Jesus.
Did you ever see Jesus worried or anxious one time in His life?
If I’m going to follow Jesus, my days of worrying and being upset are absolutely over. I never saw Him worry one time. Did you ever see Jesus controlled by His circumstances? One time. Could He sleep in storms? If His eyes on the sparrow, here we go.
This is called making disciples of Jesus. The burning issue of our lives should not be how long can I be on this planet but it should be what can I do while I’m here that will have an affect after I’m gone. Did Jesus live to be an old man? Jesus lived to be 33. Did He do something in those short 33 years that still has affect today?
Was Jesus ruler of the universe, King of kings, Lord of lords? Was He a servant? When He was in the room did He wash people’s feet? If Jesus was a servant and I want to start following Him, guess what I have to start doing? A man that follows Jesus doesn’t want to be lifted up, he wants to serve. The Son of man came not to be served but to serve.
This is what it means to become like Jesus. Jesus was obsessed with eternal issues not the temporary stuff. Did He walk around talking to people about eternal life? He gave His life for eternal issues. This is what it means to follow Jesus. This is what a disciple would look like.
Church ought to be a place where a bunch of people who want to look like Jesus, show up and talk about Jesus, sing about Him and are crazy about Him. That’s what church ought to be. That’s exactly what it ought to be, if we’re going to be disciples and do this disciple thing.
The greatest serendipity of world history, think about this. Serendipity, go looking for one thing and not find it, but you find something else. I tell people all the time you ought to surrender your life to Jesus. The brakes come on. A religious fanatic is somebody that loves Jesus more than you do. Listen to what Jesus Christ said, the greatest serendipity in world history, He who seeks to save his life will lose it, but he that will lose his life for my sake will find it. This is not a dress rehearsal. This is your life right here. And some of you are pretty deep in the game. We’re not going to get this right the next time, you’ve got to get it right now that’s it, you get one shot with your precious life.
What are you going to do with your life? You’ve got one precious life, what are you going to do with it? Don’t waste it. Put what you’re going to do with your life in one sentence. What would it be? The man who wrote 2/3’s of the New Testament put his life in one sentence here it is: To know Christ and to make Him known. And he was obsessed with that and he lived for it and it turned out to be the greatest life on earth. It’s going to cost you something if you decide to become a disciple of Jesus. You’ll have to move from the fan level to the disciple level. It will cost you. What’s it going to cost you if you don’t? You’re going to miss the greatest life possible if you don’t.
Did Jesus press people for a decision? Every time He walked up to them. He didn’t demand. He said, follow me. Follow me. What did everybody in this Book have to do? They left everything and followed Him. Do you want your money or do you want a full heart? Do you want the title or do you want to be full? Jesus doesn’t say come to church Sunday, Jesus says follow me. Jesus always confronted the people to abandon their lives to Him and He said make a decision. Then He started walking. You had to make up your mind. I want everyone in this room this week to think about this. Glad you’re here, glad you go to church. The creator of this universe didn’t tell you to just come to church, he didn’t tell you to just be good and help missionaries once a month. He told you to abandon your life and follow Him, in His steps. Love the Man, Learn the Man, do what the Man did on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… watch what happens to your life. I just can’t wait.