Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28: 19-20
Jamie Sadlowski’s rapid rise to the top echelon of power golf has been nothing short of spectacular. He is known for his incredibly athletic swing and the outrageous ball speed he creates on impact. In fact, Sadlowski became an Internet sensation last year when he put a hole through the Golf Channel simulator while making an appearance on one of their shows. He can drive the golf ball more than 400 yards. He travels making appearances by entertaining people with his powerful swing, but has never made it in the PGA, where he is ranked number 1549.
One would think that with a drive like that he would be a major contender. The problem is that he has never followed through to perfect his short game. In other words, to be a great golfer one needs to drive the ball off the tee as well as put the ball in the cup.
There’s a spiritual parallel here. The last two verses of Matthew are among the most quoted in the Bible and the only command there is to “make disciples.” As Christians we have a charge to share the Gospel. Until we do that, our mission is unfinished. We are called to pour our life into the hearts of others.
You can be saved without discipleship, but the proof of salvation is discipleship. We are called to become more like Jesus and lead others along that same path. Evangelism without discipleship is incomplete. The Gospel comes to you on its way to others.
God has charged us with making disciples, individually and congregationally. Too many churches concentrate on making people happy so they will come back.
I once represented an Olympic track star that ran the relay. I guess I never really had an appreciation for that sport until he explained it to me. Winning is not only about how fast you can run, but the secret of winning is how you pass the baton. The most important role is not the receiver, but rather the one who passes.
That’s the way it is with discipleship, passing on the Gospel is the most important part and we are called to do it. We are always only one generation from losing the Gospel, so God says “make disciples.” Pass it on….. pass it on.
SOMETIMES TRUE STORIES
SONS TO ISRAEL:
A Jewish businessman in Chicago sent his son to Israel for a year to absorb the culture. When the son returned, he said, “Papa, I had a great time in Israel. By the way, I converted to Christianity.” “What have I done?” said the father. He took his problem to his best friend, Ike. “Ike,” he said, “I sent my son to Israel, and he came home a Christian. What can I do?”
“Funny you should ask,” said Ike. “I too, sent my son to Israel, and he also came home a Christian. Perhaps we should go see the rabbi.” So they did, and they explained their problem to the rabbi. “Funny you should ask,” said the rabbi. “I, too, sent my son to Israel, and he also came home a Christian. What is happening to our young people?”
And so they all prayed, telling the Lord about their sons. As they finished their prayer, a voice came from the Heavens: “Funny you should ask,” said the Voice. “I, too, sent my Son to Israel. ”
QUOTES YOU CAN USE
No matter how you used yesterday, you received twenty-four hours today.
Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.
A person’s judgment cannot be better than the information on which it is based.
There are moments when everything goes well. Don’t be frightened; it won’t last.
Don’t dwell on your mistakes; just get it right the next time.
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