If you stick around Man of Impact for long you’ll know that we are all about two things: Encouraging men to live as true disciples of Jesus who follow Him above all else; and Empowering men to go and make other disciples – at home, at work, at church, and everywhere else they go.
I recently came across this article by Austin Burkhart that explains why “following” Christ and “going” out to make disciples wherever God leads are the two greatest callings God has given us. The post is short and simple, yet profound in it’s application and well worth the read. Enjoy!
– Kent Eimers
by Austin Burkhart
Original article available at the Institute For Faith, Work & Economics blog
Jesus’s ministry leaves us with two main commands, or callings, on our daily lives.
This is a dramatic oversimplification, but my intent here is not to discount the wisdom Jesus shares in countless parables and lessons. That wisdom is incredibly valuable to our Christian lives.
Instead, my aim in highlighting these two callings is to show their priority (of highest or first importance) in our ministry. If we don’t get these two right, we stunt both our personal sanctification and evangelistic mission.
We find these two callings throughout all four gospels. They are remarkably simple. They apply to everyone. And they are always in the same order.
First, follow me. Second, go.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me [be my disciple], he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continuously.” (Matthew 16:24, ISV)
Our primary calling in life is to follow Jesus. For the twelve disciples and many others in his ministry, it was a physical calling, one they followed with their footsteps. It was a command to literally leave everything behind and walk with him.
The calling of follow me for us today is no less physical and no less radical.
“Go (As You Go)”
“Therefore, as you go, disciple people in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28, 19-20, ISV)
As you go. That’s our second calling. Disciple, baptize, and teach as you go.