The Four Calls of Jesus #2
1. First call: Unbeliever to Believer
We start at the top of the circle with the “Unbeliever” who is lost from fellowship with God. At one stage you were in this postion. But Jesus cames “to seek and to save the lost.
(Luk 19:10) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
He calls to those who are wearied and burden with life, “Come to me. Lay down your heavy burden of sin and I will give you rest.”
(Mat 11:28) Come to me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
He never gives up until the lost are found and brought back safely into the Father’s arms. When a person hears the call of Jesus and believes and comes to Him in repentance and faith, that person becomes a “believer and a child of God. The person receives God’s forgiveness and change from being lost to being found. Have you heard and responded to this first call of Jesus?
2. Second call: Believer to Disciple
The first call of Jesus is a call to salvation, but the second call, Come follow me”, is a call to discipleship. This means that coming to Christ and becoming a ‘believer’ is only the start of what God wants to do in your life. The rest of Christian life has to do with Jesus call to become a disciple. A disciple is a disciplined one, one who submits to Christ and is boby the Church as Lord.
(Eph 1:22) And put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
(Eph 1:23) Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
Do you want your life to count for eternity? Then the condition is discipleship. A disciple is one who has not just been “found”, but one who is following’ Jesus. Would you call yourself a disicple? Are you submitting to the loving discipline of Jesus and obeying what He tells you to do?
3. Third Call: Disciple to “Fisher of men
When Jesus first called those early fishermen with the words “Come follow me,” He also told them His purpose with the words”… and I will make you fishers of men”. Just as Jesus reached out to you and found you when you were lost. He wants to train you to become a part of this same process of reaching out to other lost people and bringing them to Him also. This is still a part of being a disciple. You will always be a disciple and a learner of Christ right to the end of your life.
But as part of following Jesus, He wants to put within you the desire to go and find others that you can bring to (Him, Church) also. Do you want to be a part of helping another person also? Do you want to help another person come to Christ? This is the third part; Jesus’ call upon your life.
4. Fourth Call: “Fisher of men to Disciple-maker
Perhaps you thought that to bring a person to Christ is the end of the line. Well it isn’t Jesus’ final call and command to His disciples was not just to go and make converts, it was to “go and make disciples.
(Mat 28:19) Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
(Mat 28:20) Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.
Of course this will mean first of all witnessing, evangelising and leading people to Christ. But it must go beyond that. There are many people who have been brought to Christ. They have become believers, but they have not become discipled. They have been left to find their own way. As a result many have only gone so far, and remain weak, immature and often ineffective Christians.
(2Ti 2:2) Paul urged young Timothy with these words: The things you have heard me say… entrust (or teach) to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”. As you continue to learn of Christ and follow (Him, Church) as a disciple, you are then called to go and disciple others in the same way. Don’t just be a disciple yourself! Becomes a disciple-maker! Learn how to multiply and reproduce spiritually! In this way the process continues and multiplies. Isn’t this a simple and exciting plan? And God is calling you to be a part of it!