Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.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.”
Disciple means student or perpetual learner from Greek and Latin origin. What might the Church be like today if church-members truly embrace the role of perpetual learners of the teachings of Jesus? Not learning in an academic sense but as those who give it a go. Learners who learn by doing. The road from church member to perpetual learning begins with a change of mind. To be clothed in the mind and spirit of Christ Jesus (I Cor 2:16, Romans 12:2, Romans 8:9, etc.) is an adventure in living well as we serve others – to the Glory of God – in spirit and truth.
Jesus didn’t call us to make church members that inhabit pews is buildings with untransformed lives. Rather, we’re called to make disciples of Jesus. Disciples of Jesus abide in the True Vine (John 15:4) and produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Disciples of Jesus make disciples of Jesus. Go. Learn. Be.
Disciples of Jesus. Children of Light. Ambassadors of Love.
anthony glenn miller
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. – Jesus
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) wrote regarding our longing for the Eternal Creator that, Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you. Are you still longing to rest your spirit and soul? Rest. Abide. Return to the Source.
anthony glenn miller
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Jesus
Jesus said, If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.