August 5, 2013

Today you should read: Jeremiah 23:1-8

Jesus!

[A] righteous Branch.” (vs. 5)

He will reign as king. (vs. 5)

He will “do justice and righteousness in the land.” (vs. 5)

He will be called “The Lord our righteousness.” (vs. 6)

Jeremiah’s prophecy of Jesus Christ is the prominent theme in this section of Scripture.  After all that had gone wrong with God’s people, a promise was made of a coming Messiah who would restore His people to Himself.  That prophecy has been fulfilled.  He is still drawing people to Himself.

He is gathering His people so that they will be fruitful and multiply (vs. 3).  This reminds me of the challenge of the Great Commission.  God’s people are to be fruitful and multiply, by making disciples who make disciples who make disciples; spiritual generation of after spiritual generation.  We already know the end of the story in the Scripture.  The Great Commission will be fulfilled.  There’s no question about it.  So, I don’t fear whether the Great Commission will happen, but I fear some Christians will miss out on being a part of it.  Actually, I fear that “Christians” who miss out on intentionally and actively being part of the Great Commission may not be Christians at all.

I’m thankful that Christ is my righteousness.  He has reconciled me to Himself by making me righteous.  I can’t help but desire to be fruitful and multiply.  I want to be used of God as a catalyst for the Great Commission.  I desire to celebrate Jesus, the righteous Branch who is the just King, by making His name known to as many people as I can.

Prayer:  Jesus, use me, the people I lead, and the people of Center Point to make Your name known to those around us.  Use us to make disciples of You.  You were prophesied to come and restore your people to the Father.  You came to earth, lived a sinless life, died and rose again victoriously just as the Scripture said You would.  Use me as a vessel to make Your greatness known.  I want to actively be part of the Great Commission.  Bring strong conviction on my heart when I lose sight of why I am here on this earth:  to make Your great name known.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

3 thoughts on “August 5, 2013”

  1. At first, when you said those not carrying out the great commission might not be Christians at all I was taken aback and allowed myself to be defended. I share my beliefs with my coworkers but don’t actively share the gospel message on a daily basis. I know their personalities and when to press on and when to back off and let them think. However, I was immediately given peace by the Holy Spirit though and this is what I heard, you have 3 young children that you impress Jesus on. These are who you are guiding and discipling. I don’t always portray Jesus to them, but I’m more aware now of the impact of my actions around our home on them, so my offense is laid down.

  2. Yeah, good point. I should clarify a bit. Being actively and intentionally involved in the Great Commission means to have a compassion for the lost, to be convicted to intentionally think about sharing the gospel and discipling others as a lifestyle, and then acting out on those compassions and convictions. Some will claim to be Christians or disciples of Christ, who simply aren’t. It’s never my place to determine who is or isn’t a disciple, but one thing’s for sure: Jesus never indicated two “classes” of disciples. His disciples were those who were sold out to Him and obedient to His commands.

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