“The cost of non-discipleship is profoundly greater for us than the cost of discipleship” –David Platt
Evangelism is not only about conversion, it is about community…a community that grows through the practices of following, teaching, learning, and reaching. One of the reasons we miserably fail in our soul-winning efforts is because we see people only as numbers in some twisted and wicked game of Who’s Won More? We tally their conversions on our religious spreadsheets like publicans who keep count of their loot.
When evangelism is unattached, robotic, and stiffly programmed, it has grossly lost its punch in the eternal fight for souls. Therefore, we make a difference simply through obedience and interest: obedience to Christ, and interest in others.
This is not to say that we reach one soul for Christ and cease in our labors. On the contrary, the true labor has just begun. We teach that soul how to live and die. We show them by example, how to walk in the shadows of a cross-centered life. We, step by step, dinner by dinner, day by day, lead them to lead others to Christ.
Heaven was designed with relationships in mind, therefore, getting ready for glory is about building relationships that will last all through eternity. These essential, ever-lasting relationships are united in the common bond of something great…The Great Commission.
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