We live in a world where we are encouraged to foster our own ideas of truth. We believe each of us can determine what is fake news and real news. This affects every part of our lives, including our spiritual life. Determining what is fake/real allows us to have a salad bar faith, where we pick and choose the scriptures and the aspects of God we like and those that make us feel good while at the same time leaving out the ones that challenge us. Do we have a watered-down version of who Jesus is? Who God is? If we do, I hope God will stop us in our tracks and reveal His truth to us. The stakes could not be higher.
Jesus, the savior of the world, shares with us a parable about the end of this age. As a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so the king will separate humans into two eternal pens. Matthew 25:34 says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Sounds like a great verse to capture our attention and our hopes. It is the validation of the resurrection and everlasting life. It is what we long for. This verse is easy to believe.
But just a few verses later, Jesus adds more. Matthew 25:41 says, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Here is one of the hardest truths in scripture. God, who is described as good by Jesus when he says, “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18), sends people away from him for eternity in a lake of fire. This is what we must come to grips with. Is this fake news or real news? Do we believe there is a real place where people will be swimming in lava for all eternity? Do we trust Jesus’ words?
This is the pendulum on which we swing. If we believe these words and love sacrificially, we must act. I believe these words and am convicted that there are a lot of my friends, family, and acquaintances who are going to be in eternal fire away from God forever.
We really have to figure this out. If there are two real possibilities for eternity, with God or away from God, then let’s move. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19 “Go, therefore and make disciples.” If eternity is real, and to be clear Jesus teaches it is, our job is the most important job in the whole world. Our friends, our neighbors, our loved ones, our coworkers are looking at the reality of eternal life without Jesus. So let us obey Jesus command and make disciples.
But, what does it mean to be a disciple-maker? How can you make disciples? Where can you make disciples? These are all questions we will wrestle with together. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. or on Facebook Live to discover how to live out this mandate.