As a refresher, last blog I posted on was on following Christ. Today, I wanted to build off that because I’m certain, some of my audience aren’t believers and they probably only know of what we don’t stand for, but let’s try to answer the question, what is it that we stand for? Why do we choose to follow Christ?
During our leadership meeting, my pastor reviewed the passage from Matthew 28 v 19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”
To me, as this is my blog, this passage is pretty straight forward. We are to go out and make disciples meaning invite people to the church. Allow them to experience what we experience in church, question who is God and why is he the only way, love our neighbor as ourselves as we are called to do. If we are followers of Christ than this is what we are called to do. Just because someone is different in color, race, gender, disability, and or thinks differently doesn’t mean they valued any more or any less than you. We are born and needed to stand out and be different. God never design the world to be boring and plain.
Please, don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. I believe that Jesus is the only way, truth and life. When people ask why can’t we co-exist, ask yourself this question? How many of these people who lived, practiced “their religion” died and rose from the dead? None.
Now there are those who are very legalistic and expect a person to change right away after making the decision to follow Christ. Now, was Rome built over night? Heck no! Hence why we were given the Holy Spirit as a comforter and counselor to live life here on earth. Maturity doesn’t happen overnight but with time and discipline it happens.
One thing and my last point I wanted to make towards my fellow brothers and sisters is not to get so caught up in the routine (self-absorbed). Don’t forget that we were meant to create relationships not separate from others just because people may have a much different mindset.
Challenge yourself today to say something nice to a random person. Just as people who participates in pay it forward, this will become contagious.
Remember, Spread the Love!