Today's Inspiration: Matthew 28:18-20 is the great commission left behind by our Lord before ascension to heaven. It's a non-negotiable command. It's for all believers to carry out this commission. We are not only to win souls but to disciple them so that they can grow and multiply. God's command from the beginning of time is to be fruitful and multiply. The goal is to be Christlike so that we could change the world.
Unless we are discipled, we don't see deep value change in us. Our mission is not only to make them as disciples but help them mature in Christ-likeness. Without Christ-likeness our impact on community penetration is remote. Making disciples is to make them to be city transformers. Our success in ministry is measured by the spiritual growth of our disciples. Discipleship is therefore purpose driven.
Repentance which is more a change of heart than the mind is the first step towards making converts. The parable of the prodigal son is a good example of the repentant heart. It's a display of servant hood. Because he was prepared to be a servant he was honored with a new garment and a ring of authority after tasting the harshness of life. This story also tells us that when you function independently of God you will be in bondage but when you walk with God and depend upon Him you obtain freedom and sonship. God does not hold us on our sins but he desires a repentant heart.
Taking responsibility of wrong actions and admission of mistakes is a sign of spiritual awakening that is pleasing to God. In desiring to be in the Father's house we also need to understand our Father's heart. The elder brother on the other hand had all the time been in the Father's house purported to be an obedient son does not understand his father's heart. Our Father and His angelic hosts rejoices when sinners embrace the truth of eternal life. His anger is but for a moment but His favor is for a lifetime. Psalm 30:5. This should be our attitude towards life.
How long our wilderness times will be depends much on how long we want to dwell in self-pity. The key is to leave bitterness and move on to next phase of life with the Lord. Until we resolve the past the cycle continues. We should break the cycle and move on with life. God allows trials so as to refine our character. God be praised for a loving and forgiving God full of mercy and grace.
Prayer: Lord may I hide Your word in my heart that I might not sin against you nor in self-pity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.