Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
This week we will be focusing on going and making disciples of all nations and what that means in our realm. By realm we are speaking of what, as Kingdom Men, our Lord has given us authority to be stewards of on His behalf: family, the work of our hands, finances, relationships. Our King has given us an assignment that extends to all parts of our immediate realm and to all of the nations.
In God’s Kingdom, there are no races or ethnicities but one people. We often size things up, draw lines of distinction, even separate the haves from the have nots. We so often, and so quickly view things from our earthly perspective. Christ demonstrates to us the difference between things that are heavenly and those things that are earthly.
Christ as King views things from an even playing field or one realm, His realm, which includes all things in heaven and in earth (Matt 28:18). While Christ identified as Jewish in His time on earth, and sees the Jews as His chosen people, there were no limits, no exclusions for anyone regarding the hearing of the truth of the Gospel. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28-29).
There are no limits being placed on us to who we should be sharing the Gospel with and discipling. If you’re putting limits on that; that’s you, not Christ. So, Kingdom Man, if you find yourself within the limits made up in your own mind, are you truly capable of being “moved with compassion?”
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (KJV)
Christ saw large gatherings on many occasions, seeing the blind, the week, the hungry. Every time He was MOVED, He was stirred to pause, truly see the people before Him, to see their hurt, and would not turn away. And what did He do? He sat down with them. He spoke with them. He taught them. One of the many definitions of ‘teach’ is: “encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle.’ Now, think about the word ‘encourage’. Its definition is: “give support, confidence, or HOPE to (someone). Now put the two together in a different way. What do you get? You have Christ sitting down and giving hope, support, and confidence in a way that someone would accept his Gospel as fact. So, what does it take to do that? Love. “For God so LOVED the world” (John 3:16) and that he gave! He gave in every way imaginable, time, compassion, His blood, etc.
Now, in our “realm” we have neighbors, some of all different walks of life. All with hurt. All carrying something that diminishes hope. So, are you moved with compassion? Does the love of the Father move that compassion within you by conviction brought about by the Holy Spirit? How is it possible to love someone you don’t know? Fact is you can’t! If we claim to love our Heavenly Father, we must know Him, and He must know us. It’s a relationship. You must take time to build these relationships with those in your realm, our immediate reach. There are going to be differences. Will you allow compassion to override those differences? It goes a long, long way. Sometimes you will be in the fight of your life because we all know that difficult person. However, as a warrior, keep the sword of the Spirit at the ready. Compassion driven by the Spirit can cut through the thickest of walls.
Daily Battle Order:
Be a King over your realm and take care of those around you in your immediate reach. Teach, not that we school anyone, rather we give hope and support. Fight to establish even the toughest of relationships, the victory is as sweet as honey. Love, not that they’ll love us, but that we first loved them, and they will know we are Christian by our being moved with compassion! There is no limit on who or when. There is no other nation than the lost.
Now that we know and have directions for where we are to go, tomorrow we’ll continue our discipleship series focusing on what is a disciple?