“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 KJV
Really, are you a disciple (follower) of Christ? And before you
answer this question so quickly, you might want to hear more about being a disciple. It just might not be what you think it is. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say that many, if not most in our churches ARE NOT disciples. I will give the benefit of the doubt and say many are Christians, but few are actual followers of Christ. And no, I am not confused about this.
For years, I too thought that once a person was saved, he/she automatically became a disciple of Christ. This thinking is still very popular in most churches and ministries. But, is it accurate? I contend that it is not. To support my mindset, let’s consider the Great Commission given in Mathew 28:19-20,
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.”
The instructions of Christ were for us to go throughout the world and make disciples. He did not tell us to go and just make converts. He told us to spread the Gospel globally and train people to be His followers.
Could this be the serious problem with the church today? Is this why so many who say they believe in Christ still live like they are yet in the world? I believe the followers of Christ seek to be His presence in the world. They don’t stand with the world; instead they oppose the world. Too many believers will not take an active stand against the things of this world which are contrary to the teachings of Christ. Political correctness has forced the people of God to be silent on such atrocities as abortion on demand, gay and lesbian policies, racism and the like. It is no wonder I constantly hear God say, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Christ told those commercial fishermen He encountered by the Sea of Galilee that if they chose to follow Him or if they would come to Him, He would teach them how to catch people instead of fish. He continues to say to us today these same words. He still wants us to come to Him and after Him; and He commits to make us the greatest of fishermen. Maybe, this too is why so many churches are declining and not expanding. There are so few disciples, followers of Christ who truly know how to catch people for Christ. What do you think?
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