God has called us to make disciples. Therefore, your life should revolve around making disciples. Making disciples should take priority in
- where you live
- where you work
- your work ethic
- how you raise your kids
- where you send your kids to school
- where you spend your money
- how you spend your money
- where you spend your time
- how you spend your time
Do you ask yourself daily, “how can I spend my time and resources to make disciples?” If not, remember your mission!
- Go to those who do not know Jesus
- Reach people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus
- Baptize them and teach them to obey His commands
Jesus is calling you to true discipleship!
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 11:1
True discipleship calls us to open our homes, schedules, and resources to others in order to allow them to see Christ and follow Him.
Make An Eternal Impact
You have an eternal impact on the lives of those you reach. WiIl you spend your time and resources on things that don’t last, that don’t have any eternal value while people around you are dying? We are in a real spiritual battle.
Don’t store up treasure here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
- Matthew 6:19-21
Do you aspire to have temporary “happiness” in this life or God given eternal rewards? Storing up treasures in heaven is not limited to tithing or giving monetary gifts but is accomplished by all acts of obedience to God. Our intention should be to seek the fulfillment of God’s purposes in all we do, not merely what we do with our money.
What will store riches and rewards in heaven?
- Reading the Bible?
- How many likes and followers you have on social media?
- Trusting in God’s Word?
- Mounting a new flat screen TV?
- Serving the community?
- Remodeling a kitchen?
- Helping those in need?
- Driving a Ferrari?
- Serving on a team at church?
- Sporting the latest fashion trends - clothes, handbags, jewelry, hairstyle and makeup?
- Praying for and with your family?
Jesus makes it clear that valuing the wrong treasures can lead to our hearts being in the wrong place. What we treasure the most controls us. Jesus calls for us to be content because we have chosen eternal values over temporary, earthly treasures. God guarantees rewards, and He loves when we pursue them.
Together, as Christians, we can embrace the change of having God’s eternal values in mind. We should look for opportunities to store riches and rewards in heaven. We can view God’s guidance as a good thing as an opportunity for us to ride the wave to a better future. God, help us all to make choices with your eternal values in mind.
A Good Foundation
God promises to reward any sacrifices made lovingly for His kingdom.
Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have - Jesus Christ!
- 1 Corinthians 3:10
The foundation of Candlewood Church is Jesus Christ. Nothing and no one else will do. A building with no foundaton or one poorly constructed will not last. A building is only as solid as its foundation. Jesus Christ is our base, our reason for being. Are you building your life on a faulty foundation of wealth, security or success? Make Jesus Christ your foundation today!
If you have any questions about the Great Commission, spiritual warfare, discipleship, and/or having eternity in sight, we’d love to hear from you. Connect with us at Candlewood Church.