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DEVOTIONALS – WE ARE AN ARMY (30 OCTOBER 2014)

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The Army’s Mission

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” – Matthew 28:18-20

Our Mission, as the army of God, should be in this order: 1) To love God 2) Grow 3) Transform our world

Loving God is about knowing how much He loves us and loving Him back. To glorify Him in our lives. Growth involves helping one another through teaching, discipleship and creating fellowship amongst believers. Transforming our world is about reaching the lost for Jesus. Bringing the Kingdom into our spheres of influence.

But why in this particular order? If you have a bunch of new Christians, who have no growth/training, and suddenly send them out to transform the world, two things may happen: they’re shot down in the process, or they do such a bad job that it embarrasses the name of Christ. It’s like sending a bunch of untrained soldiers out into the battlefield to die. And imagine having a group of believers who are growing and going out there to transform the world. But wait. They don’t love God! They’ve forgotten their first love! You would have an army of zombies who have no life, and will end up hurting more than helping people.

So as the army of God, let’s work together to love God, grow and transform our world!

Action Item of the Day: Recall your first love. Recall Christ’s sacrifice for you. Recall the Cross and bask in His love for you.

 

by ERIC SUNG for THE CITY

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