The Call to Discipleship

 
We spend much focus on the point of conversion, with little thought on the thereafter. It’s like a bride and groom that plan out a wonderful wedding but haven’t considered what life together will truly look like. I believe that we are selling the gospel short, and we are practicing the easiest and most metric driven part of Christianity as a whole here in America. We expect someone to become a believer in Jesus and then turn their sins “off” like a switch…on their own without support from fellow mature believers. We proclaim justification (which is the action of declaring or making righteous in the sight of God through Christ Jesus) many times as the finish line, when it’s actually just the starting line to sanctification (which is the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming more Christ-like). And we also have created a church culture that puts discipleship in the realm of the “professionals” and not with the average believer. We’ve just gotten people to agree with some biblical, religious facts about Jesus and not truly to follow Him. If we are to explicitly follow the Great Commission, then we are to be discipled and disciple others…there is no other interpretation.

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