Have you ever asked if all there is to Christianity is getting saved, going to church, reading my Bible, and try to avoid sin? Is this it or is there more? I’ve got good news. There is more. A lot more. Before I can provide the answer to what more is, let me ask another question.
Have you ever asked yourself what this world would have been like if Adam and Eve would have never sinned in the garden? What would the Bible have been like? It wouldn’t have had to document the fall, thousands of years of sin, judgment, repentance, and then the appearance of Jesus. God wouldn’t have had to lay out his redemptive plan in the Bible because there would have been no need for redemption. What in the world would God have had us do? This is an important question to ask if you want to understand the heart and mind of God. The best way to answer this question is to find out what God’s instructions were for man before sin came into the world. Genesis 1:27-28 show God’s original intention for man:
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [h]moves on the earth.”
God made man in his image and likeness, taught him to be fruitful and multiply, and fill up the earth. Basically, he replicated himself in Adam and told Adam, “Go replicate me by having children and fill up this earth.” God wanted to fill up the earth with himself by having children made in His image and likeness that thought the way He thought and did the works God did. Do you know God’s original intent and purpose for man has never changed? Because of sin, God had to make an adjustment to how He would accomplish his plan and sent Jesus, but His overall purpose for man never changed. Why do I say that? Look at the final words of Jesus.
Matthew 28:19-20 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; Jesus final words to his disciples were to go make disciples.
Making a disciple goes far beyond getting a person saved. A disciple is a learner and follower; one who seeks to emulate their teacher. Basically, Jesus was saying I have replicated myself in you, now go replicate yourself in others. Fill this earth with people made in my image and likeness and teach them to think the way I think and to do what I do. The way Jesus was going to fill the world was by replicating and multiplying himself one person at a time.
Many of us who have grown up in the United States have an incomplete view of discipleship. We view discipleship as acquiring information. This is how the Greeks viewed discipleship. Jesus wasn’t a Greek, he was Hebrew. The Hebrews had a different view of discipleship. Their view of discipleship was the transformation of lifestyle and not just a mere accumulation of knowledge. It was a total commitment to their teacher and seeking to emulate him in everything he did so it was impossible to tell a difference between the teacher and student. The heart of God has always been to fill up the world with Himself. How does God do that? He does that by seeing the children He created mature and grow into the fulness of Him. To actually do the works He did.
John 14:12 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
This verse is so different than most Christians believe it almost seems like heresy. Do the works of Jesus? Do miracles? That’s crazy…..and impossible! But maybe it’s not. They are the words of Jesus so if we are going to be followers of Him, we must believe them. Do you know what this means? There is more! There is more to know, more to experience, and more territory to take for His kingdom.
I want to challenge you that if this article has inspired you, to sell out totally to Jesus today. Get into the word of God and find out what it says about Jesus and what it says about you! Then act on it. Be a disciple so you can be who you were created to be and God can fill the world with His glory!