“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness." James 3:17-18
The above passage from James speaks clearly to our St. Paul’s mission statement, based upon Jesus’ Great Commission charge to us all as His Church. (Matthew 28:19-20). God’s Word speaks loud and clear as to exactly what we all, as Jesus’ followers, should be about. It gives us encouraging foundational words and ideas as to how we are to live out our lives for God’s Kingdom.
So, how shall we measure the success of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, her leaders and her “members”? The answer for you and me, our “scorecard” if you will, is all about making disciples. We are to make disciples for Jesus as we go through our daily activities at work, school, home and beyond, within the area of unique giftedness which God has given you and me. We are to promote biblical teachings in and with the Persons of Peace God leads us to, with the idea of—how can I help raise up this person toward becoming a new devotee to Jesus Christ? What is my call?
The good news is—you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting within your disciple-making opportunities. God promises to do that. To have the plan. We have each other in the body of Christ to lean on for help and support in our efforts. We have two ears and one mouth to sufficiently listen to/for God to speak into us for the potential benefit of another’s life.
Many of you already have plenty of wisdom to impart directly and/or indirectly from your own life experiences. Especially if you are faithfully in God’s Word—His handbook for this blessed activity of witnessing, each of us are called to be part of, in various ways.
We have the power of prayer working for us and the situations we face. We also have our powerful personal testimonies in how we, too, have come to faith in Jesus. But, even more than that, we have the Holy Spirit’s power to guide and endow our witnessing within our disciple-making roles.
Your part may simply be to plant or nurture a seed already imbedded. You may or may not be present at the harvest. Regardless of our roles within God’s Church, our goal is the same—to make disciples for Jesus. Passionately, please “go there” ever more. In confidence, knowing you have God’s Spirit guiding and working in you. Together we must be all about making disciples. It is who we are as Jesus’ Church. Sharing the wisdom that comes from heaven and sowing it in peace.