Discipling Nations begins at Home
June 6, 2016 - Category: family-blog
We, as Christ followers, are commissioned to disciple the nations. Discipling nations is a big task and requires discipline and a plan. Jesus provided the plan; the Holy Spirit provides the discipline. There are three aspects to discipling. We must first be the example for our families, then beyond. Next we must baptize, or immerse them, into that example by boldly living it out for all to see and inviting them into our lives. Finally, and many times this is overlooked not only in our families, but also with respect to the nations, we must teach them to observe God's ways. Successful discipleship is the only way for our families, and for the nations, to prosper. As we begin discipling our families, taking it to the nations becomes an easier task because we are not alone. Plus, our families will begin to reflect the 'more excellent ways' God has for everyone and will provide 'fragrant aroma' that will draw others to them. As Kris Valloton explains in his book, Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle, "Although we are called to be combative when dealing with the powers of darkness, we are to be honorably confronting with people, demonstrating the benefits and rewards of a superior Kingdom." In other words, as we demonstrate
Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be). (Matthew 28:18-20 AMP)
and teach the ways of the Kingdom, we combat the darkness but honor everyone created in God's image, whether they understand that truth or not. Remember, the culture war has been lying to families for generations and only the truth will set them free: truth lived out in love; not shoved down their throats. We must have the courage to counter the culture with God's truth in our family first, then after we have conquered the chaos in our homes, we can invite others to experience the same love, joy, and peace that God wants for us all.