Psalm 145 says, "One generation will commend your works to another, they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty...they will tell of the power of your awesome works...they will tell of the the glory of your kingdom... so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom."
No one is born with sound theology. It truly is a mantle of responsibility for every generation to pass along the full story of who Jesus is and what He has done and how by grace we are ushered into to his unstoppable kingdom. Is it possible that "discipleship" has been based on our own cultural values + Jesus?
What will you tell the next generation?
When did the clear, direct, commission to "therefore go and make disciples of all nations" become the exception for but a relative few? When did the "calling to go" become far more difficult to discern than the assumption to stay. No sooner than I type these words, does the thought of "is this an extreme view?" cross my mind. But -- it crosses my mind not because of Scripture, but because of culture. I am so used to thinking about myself. We all are. We blind one another with self-centered worldviews. Someone recently shared that many American Christians have been inoculated with Jesus. We have "enough" of Jesus, to no longer need Jesus, or be consumed by Him.
Culture says: Stay. Consume. Acquire. Amass. Be comfortable. Compartmentalize. Build monuments. Limit your sacrifice. Calculate risks. Consider others after you consider yourself. Make a name for yourself.
Scripture says: Go. Be Consumed. Give. Help others. Store up treasures in heaven. Do not worry about comfort. Offer all of you life. Raise ebenezers. Downward mobility. Love others like you love yourself. Make the name of Jesus great.
The gospel changes everything. If we are convinced that one died for all -- then we can no longer live for ourselves. The redeemed must reflect the Redeemer -- for the joy of ALL peoples in Christ. I understand freedom. I get "whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" -- but our freedom in Christ, should align with the values of Christ. Clearly - He is building a church of all peoples. So, if there are billions of peoples, from other languages, cultures, and nations WITHOUT THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL -- have we misappropriated our freedom?
- How many Christians do you know have an understanding of the progress of the gospel around the world?
- How many Christians do you know can name countries where believers are persecuted for their faith?
- How many Christians do you know have an understanding of the 10/40 window?
- How many Christians do you know understand the state of the Church in North Africa? Southeast Asia? Mongolia? Indonensia? Iceland? France? Iraq?
A couple resources that I continue to find helpful in my own journey with these questions are: