Alternative View - February 15, 2016

It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household! - (Matthew 10:25)

If you want to find out what mattered most to someone, read his or her last words. Usually, whatever a person considers to be most important is on his mind when he comes to his last days on earth. That’s why we pay so much attention to last words, especially of people who have a significant role in our lives.

As those who seek to be obedient followers of Jesus Christ, we need to know what mat- ters most to Him so it can matter most to us. Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder about it. After His resurrection from the dead, and just before His ascension back into heaven, Jesus told His disciples—and us—what was uppermost on His mind. His last words on earth are recorded for us in Matthew 28:18–20.

Notice verse 19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” There it is—stated in clear and concise terms: we are to disciple the people of God (in the church age through the local church) so that they affect the world for Christ. If Christ’s mandate for the church is to make disciples, then His will for us as individual believers is that we would become disciples through the process of personal spiritual growth.

To grow spiritually as a disciple of Christ means that you become like Him.That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 10:25, “It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher.” Becoming a disciple is where you ought to be heading in your Christian life. As you reflect Jesus in your thoughts, actions, and decisions, He will manifest Himself greater both in you and through you.

Reflection: Why are last words important? What is included in Jesus’ “last will and testament”—that His disciples make disciples? What about your own discipleship pro- gram—how are you becoming more like Christ?

To be like You, Jesus, is my desire. That is my goal. Show me You at a whole new level. Show me myself at a whole new level. And show me how I can become more like You.

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