Radical is the title of an interesting book written by David Platt. It contains several compelling statements that have a Great Commission orientation: Platt said, “Jesus has not given us an effortless step-by-step formula for impacting nations for His glory. He has given us people.”
The closest thing to a formula is found in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8, but these verses are more of a road map than they are a formula. To have any hope of accomplishing the Commission Christ gave His church, we need to live the life of a disciple.
Platt said Jesus has given us people, and we are to: “Live for them. Love them, serve them, and lead them. Lead them to follow me, and lead them to lead others to follow me. In the process you will multiply the gospel to the ends of the earth.”
Because we are living in the age of “me, myself, and nobody else,” this concept is contrary to what many people practice. With this mindset, it is no wonder that society does not comprehend principled New Testament living.
Is there a glaring omission of the Commission and its principles in your life?
- Are you living a selfish or selfless lifestyle?
- How is God’s love for the world seen in your ministry to others?
- Does your example impede, or does it lead people to Jesus?
- What about your conversation? Does it deny or multiply the power of the gospel?
If you live, love, and lead people with a servant’s heart, you can identify with the words of Daniel 12:2-3: “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
Does your life brightly shine for God’s glory?