The passage above is known to many Christians as “The Great Commission.” Jesus is telling the disciples they must go out and make disciples of those around them. Unfortunately, many Christians have treated this as the “The Great Suggestion” opposed to a Gospel mandate. Christians exist to point people back to Jesus Christ. As we compared this mandate to some of the latest church statistics, we found that a heart change was necessary for the glory of Christ and the future of Otley Church.
In Luke 15:3-7, Jesus tells a parable about a shepherd who leaves a flock 99 sheep to go out and find one lost sheep. The shepherd leaves because he is not willing to leave one lost sheep he could save. As a church we are shifting our focus as well. We are going to reach out and seek out the one who is lost.
The “All In” Challenge
Jesus is not interested in us liking him, he is interested in us knowing, loving and following after him. In order to be a disciple, we have to put him above everything else in our lives. Yes. Everything. Not only does this include the “bad things” our sins, our hurts, and our hang-ups, but also some“good things” like our spouse, our families. If we are clinging to (and carrying) our cross(es), we are going to have to let go of something.
Here are some examples of what people have given up or done to embrace an “All In” Mentality:
Taking time to visit with those whom we would not normally.
Realizing other people can benefit from my story
“My way” of doing church