The question of "Why are we supposed to make disciples?" clues us in on the fact that we already know one of the great purposes of the church. It is simply a matter of understanding the reason behind it and following through. So why should we do it?
Much like a leisurely float down a meandering river, if we choose to relax in the Christian life we can be assured that the tide of our culture and the tug of our flesh will draw our hearts and minds away from God’s truth and further down the stream of unbelief and compromise.
I’ve made the point before that regardless of how well I think I’m doing in the sanctification project or how much progress I think I’ve made since I first became a Christian, like Paul in Romans 7, when God’s perfect law becomes the standard and not “how much I’ve improved over the years”, I realize that I’m a lot worse than I fancy myself to be.
While it’s true that many times in his kindness God withholds granting what we foolishly or selfishly request (James 4:3), there are plenty of biblical examples where God eventually grants the persistent yet imprudent prayers of his people.
It is easy to compartmentalize our lives. While sitting in church we can approvingly nod at the biblical lessons that call Christ’s followers to sacrifice, deny themselves, and leave behind earthly pleasures to store up treasure in heaven.
It’s time we stop thinking in terms of a “Sunday only” establishment. The church is not a place or a time; it is a body of believers, each one uniquely gifted by God to guide, help, challenge, and support the rest.
I see so many Christians today who divide up their lives into tightly packed little compartments: the sacred and the secular. They have their sacred life at church, and they do their business with the world the rest of the time.