A quote that challenged me this week from The Trellis and the Vine (for more on this book, click here):
The Great Commission is not just for the Eleven (apostles). It's the basic agenda for all disciples. To be a disciple is to be a disciple-maker. The radicalism of this demand often feels a world away from the ordinariness of our normal Christian habits and customs.
We go to church, where we sing a few songs, try to concentrate on the prayers, and hear a sermon. We chat with people afterwards, and then go home for a normal week of work or study or whatever it is that we do, in time to come again next week. We might read our Bible and pray during the week. We may even attend a small group. But would someone observing from the outside say, "Look: there is someone who has abandoned his life to Jesus Christ and his mission"?
A heart-probing question, for sure!