Partnering In The Body Of Christ For Unity In Mission
DAY 5 OF 5
Make Disciples. Love One Another
Lord Jesus, according to the Father’s will, Your Spirit was in Cape Town calling Your church to be ambassadors of Your reconciling love for the world. The Father kept the promise of His Word, helping us to be aware of Your abiding presence, as His people met together in Your name. Amen.
We sought to listen to the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ. And in His mercy, through His Holy Spirit, Christ spoke to His listening people. Through the many voices of Bible exposition, plenary addresses, and group discussion, two repeated themes were heard:
- The need for radical obedient discipleship, leading to maturity, to growth in depth as well as growth in numbers
- The need for radical cross-centered reconciliation, leading to unity, to growth in love as well as growth in faith and hope
Discipleship and reconciliation are indispensable to our mission. We lament the scandal of our shallowness and lack of discipleship, and the scandal of our disunity and lack of love. For both seriously damage our witness to the gospel.
We discern the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ in these two challenges because they correspond to two of Christ’s most emphatic words to the Church as recorded in the gospels. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave us our primary mandate—to make disciples among all nations. In John’s Gospel, Jesus gave us our primary method—to love one another so that the world will know we are disciples of Jesus. We should not be surprised, but rather rejoice to hear the Master’s voice, when Christ says the same things 2,000 years later to his people gathered from all around the world. Make disciples. Love one another.
Biblical mission demands that those who claim Christ’s name should be like Him, by taking up their cross, denying themselves, and following Him in the paths of humility, love, integrity, generosity, and servanthood. To fail in discipleship and disciple-making is to fail at the most basic level of our mission. The call of Christ to His Church comes to us afresh from the pages of the gospels: ‘Come and follow me’; ‘Go and make disciples’.
Love One Another
Three times Jesus repeated, ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ Three times Jesus prayed ‘that all of them may be one, Father.’ Both the command and the prayer are missional. ‘By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ ‘May they be brought to complete unity so that the world may know that you sent me.’ Jesus could not have made His point more emphatically. The evangelization of the world and the recognition of Christ’s deity are helped or hindered by whether or not we obey Him in practice. The call of Christ and His apostles comes to us afresh: ‘Love one another’; ‘Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.’ It is for the sake of God’s mission that we renew our commitment to obey this ‘message we heard from the beginning.’ When Christians live in the reconciled unity of love by the power of the Holy Spirit, the world will come to know Jesus, whose disciples we are, and come to know the Father who sent Him.
In the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and on the sole foundation of faith in God’s infinite mercy and saving grace, we earnestly long and pray for a reformation of biblical discipleship and a revolution of Christlike love. We make this our prayer and we undertake this, our commitment for Your sake as the Lord we love and for the sake of the world we serve in Your name. Amen.
To God be the Glory. Amen.
Let’s continue praying and working together for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The next daily plan we recommend is We Love Because God First Loved Us
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About this Plan
Jesus prays for His church to be one in unity, working together to achieve the goal of world evangelization. Global mission today needs men and women in partnership for the gospel, innovative collaboration through theolo...
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